Fr. Stephen Nichols – Diocese of Burlington

| Apr 9, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Stephen Nichols 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1986

Resigned: 2007

Laicized: 2015 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1986-1989      Christ the King (Rutland, VT) 
  • 1989-1991      St. John the Evangelist (St. Johnsbury, VT)
  • 1991-1993      St. Mary (St. Albans, VT)
  • 1993-1996      Sacred Heart (Troy, VT)
  • 1996-2000      Sacred Heart, (Troy, VT); St. Ignatius (Lowell, VT)
  • 2000-2007      St. Elizabeth, Lyndon State College (Lyndonville, VT); Our Lady Queen of Peace, (Danville, VT) 
  • 2003-2007      St. James the Greater Parish (Island Pond, VT); St. Bernard mission (Norton, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Stephen Nichols:

Father Stephen Nichols served as a priest in Vermont for approximately 21 years. According to media reports, in April 2005, an 18-year-old boy reported an incident to Vermont State Police that Father Nichols took him to a Quebec pool hall and then allegedly molested him in Richford, while he was drunk. The Diocese of Burlington learned about the incident through an anonymous tip in August 2005, and hired a private investigator to look into it. Four months later, the case was turned over to the Attorney General’s Office.

In April 2006, Father Nichols was placed on leave of absence. In September 2006, he was charged with sexually molesting the teen. He claimed that the young man had a troubled past and was the aggressor in the incident. 

In May 2007, Father Nichols pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of engaging in a lewd act, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years probation. He was also ordered to get sex offender treatment. 

Father Nichols resigned as pastor in June 2007, and was laicized in January 2015 by Pope Francis. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

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