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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Archbishop wants $64,000 from alleged victim
“Unprecedented” legal maneuver was filed yesterday
Man is suing Minnesota’s most prolific predator priest
And he’s trying to force Catholic officials to name other predators
But he just lost one round in court & now Neinstedt wants HIM to pay
SNAP blasts St. Paul archdiocese for “shocking and intimidating move”
Victims decry the highly unusual tactic, calling it “mean-spirited” and “designed to intimidate others.”
The case accuses Minnesota’s most prolific predator priest, Fr. Thomas Paul Adamson, of molesting a boy in the 1980s at Risen Savior parish in Apple Valley. (Adamson faces at least dozen accusers, most of whom have sued and settled.) According to the lawsuit, church officials were told as early as 1963 about Adamson’s crimes. Yet they kept quietly transferring him from parish to parish without warning church members.
The civil case, filed in 2006, charges top church staff with fraud and seeks to publicly expose the names of other child molesting archdiocesan clerics.
In October, Judge Gregg Johnson sided with the archdiocese in October and tossed out the case. The victim is now appealing Johnson’s decision.
SNAP feels Neinstedt is trying to punish this victim for trying to discover and disclose the identities of other local predator priests. And they believe Neinstedt is trying to intimidate other victims from coming forward. The group is appalled that Neinstedt is using such “scorched –earth legal tactics” against an alleged victim of a “proven predator” about whom church officials had repeatedly, for years, been warned.
The organization also believes it’s immoral for a bishop to “exploit legal technicalities” and says that Neinstedt should “fight on the merits” if he believes Adamson did not, in fact, sexually assault this boy.
According to BishopAccountability.org (where a photo of Adamson can be found), “Experts say he may have abused as many as 100 boys.” In 1990, in Minnesota’s first pedophile priest trial, a jury awarded one of Adamson’s victims $3.5 million (later reduced to $1 million). Defendants included the archdiocese and the Winona diocese.
Adamson was born in 1933 and grew up in Byron, MN. Ordained in 1958, he worked in numerous Minnesota towns including Winona, Adrian, Rochester, Albert Lea, Wykoff, Fountain, Caledonia, Hammond, St. Paul Park, Columbia Heights. He has lived most recently in Eau Claire, WI.
The victim in the case, John Doe 76c, is now in his 40s and will NOT be present at the news conference. He is represented by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson (651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests