Church Gives Details of Accusations against Priest
Allegations Made against Rev. Thomas Lee

January 13, 2009

PORTLAND, Maine — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is releasing more details of accusations against a priest accused of abusing children.

Church officials said 14 victims from the Boothbay Harbor area were named in nine direct and two secondhand reports about the Rev. Thomas Lee, who was removed from the ministry five years ago. All the incidents allegedly happened in the 1980s while Lee was serving a parish in Boothbay Harbor.

A church tribunal consisting of three priests determined last month that accusations against Lee were not proven, but Bishop Richard Malone has appealed to the Vatican.

In a statement Monday night, the diocese said it was releasing the additional information "to give the community perspective on the case" and to support victims who said they have been criticized by their community for coming forward.


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