Fr. Charles Thomas – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Charles Thomas

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: June 1935

Resigned: 1966

Death: 1967

Assigned as follows:

  • 1935–1937: St. Killian, Mars, PA
  • 1937–1940: St. Peter, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 3/1940–11/1940: St. Wendelin, Carrick PA
  • 1940–1941: St. Martin, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1941–1944: St. Mary Mercy, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1944–1952: St. Coleman, Turtle Creek, PA
  • 1952–1957: St. Hugh. Carmichaels, PA
  • 1952–1957: St. Marcullus, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1957–1965: St. Paul, Butler, PA
  • 8/1965–9/1965: St. Christopher, Prospect, PA
  • 1965–1967: St. Robert Bellarmine, Pittsburgh, PA

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Thomas:

Records from the Diocese of Pittsburgh contained a memorandum from April 1996 that was written to Father Charles Thomas regarding an allegation that had been made against him.

The memorandum stated that an adult male had reported that, when he was a minor, he was sexually assaulted by Thomas on several occasions beginning in 1958 when Thomas was assigned to the St. Hugh. The male stated that the assaults began with Thomas fondling him and showing him pornographic material. The assaults then progressed to anal penetration of the victim by Thomas.

The victim also related that a nun assigned to St. Hugh helped Thomas in some of the assaults. He explained that this unknown nun had sexually assaulted him on separate occasions as well.

The records revealed that the victim was compensated $15,042.50 by the Diocese of
Pittsburgh in connection with his private psychiatric counseling sessions from 2011 throughout 2016.

Thomas died in 1967 and is buried in Saint Vincent Cemetary in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

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