Father Charles Thomas
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Ordained: June 1935
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:
Father Charles Thomas was ordained a priest in 1935, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, in April 1996, he was accused of child sexual abuse in a memorandum written to him. The memo stated an adult male had reported that, when he was a minor, he was sexually assaulted by Thomas on several occasions beginning in 1958 when the priest was assigned to St. Hugh. The assaults began with Thomas fondling him and showing him pornographic material, followed by anal penetration of the victim.
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.
Diocesan records revealed 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. He was first named publicly as accused in a priest profile in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.
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