Man Alleges Sexual Abuse in 1980s, Sues St. Agnes Parish, Archdiocese

By Emily Gurnon
Pioneer Press
December 17, 2007

A Twin Cities man who claims he was abused by a St. Paul parish deacon beginning in the 1980s has sued the parish, the Roman Catholic archdiocese and the man he considered his "surrogate uncle."

Benjamin Magler, 26, was in grade school when he became close to Thomas Kemp, a deacon who was employed at St. Agnes parish, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in Ramsey County District Court.

Magler attended school at St. Agnes, at 548 Lafond Ave., and served as an altar boy. He sought out Kemp for counseling because of problems he was having at home and developed "great admiration, trust, reverence, respect" for the deacon, the suit said.

But when Magler was in about second or third grade, Kemp began sexually abusing him, and the abuse continued until Magler was between 10 and 13 years of age, the suit alleged.


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