Fr. Melvin F. Thompson – Archdiocese of Denver

| Apr 28, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Melvin Thompson

Archdiocese of Denver

Ordained: 1967

Removed from ministry: 2010

Reinstated: 2011

Retired: 2011

Death: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Fatima (Lakewood, CO)
  • St. Vincent De Paul (Denver, CO)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Northglenn, CO)
  • Good Shepherd (formerly St. John the Evangelist) (Denver, CO)
  • St. Rose of Lima (Denver, CO)
  • Christ the King (Evergreen, CO)
  • St. Thomas More (Denver, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Melvin Thompson:

Father Melvin Thompson was ordained a priest in 1967, and served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver. According to media reports, in 2010, the Archdiocese of Denver received an accusation of abuse involving Father Melvin F. Thompson.  The male victim told the Archdiocese of Denver that Thompson sexually abused him in the 1970s.  Upon learning of the allegation, the Archdiocese removed Thompson from ministry immediately.

A month after the first allegation, another man came forward and told the Archdiocese of Denver of “inappropriate sexual behavior” by Thompson in the early 1990s when he was 20.

Thompson was sent for treatment for “alcohol abuse.”   After an internal investigation, the Archdiocese’s review board found that the allegations were not supported by enough evidence and recommended that Thompson be returned to ministry.

The Archdiocese of Denver reinstated Thompson in 2011, but the priest requested that he be allowed to retire rather than continue in active ministry.

Thompson passed away in 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  He remained a priest in good standing at the time of his death.

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