Father Thomas Smith
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Assigned as follows:
- St. Anselm High School (Swissvale, PA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Smith:
Father Thomas Smith, known as the “singing and dancing priest” was ordained in 1951, and served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He started out in a career on stage, performing at clubs in New York City before entering the seminary. He continued to perform while based at a McKeesport parish, in local nightclubs, at church dinners and church fundraisers into the 1990s.
According to media reports, in December 2018, he was accused publicly at a diocesan listening session by a woman who said he sexually abused her in 1967, when she was a 15- or 16-year-old St. Anselm High School student. She said he grabbed and played with her breasts when the lights were low at a school dance.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh said this is the first allegation it has received regarding Smith, who now appears on its list of priests accused of abuse after their deaths.
Smith died at age 90 in 2015.
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