Lawsuit Claims St. John's Abbey Knew Of Past Abuse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) -- A former student is suing St. John's Abbey for fraud, alleging the religious order knew one of its members had been accused of sexual abuse as early as 1958, yet let him continue teaching.

The lawsuit was filed by a former St. John's Prep student who claims he was sexually abused by the Rev. Allen Tarlton in the 1980s, when Tarlton was an English teacher at the Minnesota school.

According to the St. Cloud Times, the lawsuit alleges at least three abbots knew of the allegations against Tarlton, but put him in teaching roles at St. John's Prep, and at other locations in other states and the Bahamas.

The lawsuit claims the abbey committed fraud by not telling students about Tarlton's history and instead holding out the abbey, prep school and university as places where children would be safe from abuse.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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