The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Unusual "fake cleric" lives in Tampa area
Man lived at rectory, claimed to be ex-Jesuit & dressed as priest
Support group urges local diocese to do outreach about imposter
For years, church officials let him function as a deacon leading services
He's now being sued for molesting a boy and fled to Florida, SNAP learns
Group wants church officials to warn the community about this dangerous predator
They'll also publicly urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his child sex crimes to contact law enforcement.
According to the suit (still pending in Ramsey County, Minnesota), Thomas David Kemp lived in the rectory and volunteered extensively (at mass and elsewhere) at St. Agnes parish and school in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1986 to 1992. Kemp claimed to be a Roman Catholic deacon and former Jesuit but is apparently neither.
Since 1992, records show that church officials knew of his fraud but apparently stayed silent. And since 2007, church officials knew he was being sued for allegedly molesting a child, but again, they apparently stayed silent.
The group is asking both dioceses to use their diocesan newspapers, church websites, parish bulletins, and other resources to warn families about Kemp and to prod anyone who may have seen, suspected of suffered
his crimes to come forward, get help, and call police.
During those years, the suit says, Kemp became a kind of "surrogate uncle" to a prepubescent second or third grade boy. Then, Kemp repeatedly sexually molested the child. The crimes continued until the boy was around 10 to 13 years old.
The victim's lawsuit was filed in Dec. 2007. Defendants include Kemp, the Minnesota parish and the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese. It seeks unspecified damages.
Kemp, a Sparta WI native, is now 62 and lives at 5830 Memorial Hwy, Apt. 1310 in Tampa. (It's the Audubon Village Apartments, 813 886 5568.) It is unclear what, if anything, he does for a living. SNAP fears that Kemp could be currently working with children and that the community has no idea a dangerous sexual predator is living in their neighborhood.
Kemp's victim, Ben Magler, is now 28 and lives in Minnesota. His attorneys are Jeff Anderson (612 817 8665 cell) and Patrick Noaker (612 961 1307 cell) of St. Paul (office 651 227 9990).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests