St. John's to release files of abusive priests as part of settlement


St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, has settled a clergy abuse case brought by a former student who alleged he was sexually assaulted by a priest in the 1970s.

The plaintiff, who was referred to in court documents as Doe 2, identified himself as Troy Bramlage at a Tuesday afternoon news conference with attorney Jeff Anderson to announce the settlement.

The trial was scheduled to begin in Stearns County on Monday.

Bramlage filed suit against St. John's and Fr. Allen Tarlton in 2013, claiming he was sexually abused repeatedly by Tarlton when he was a freshman at St. John’s Preparatory School in 1977. Tarlton was the boy's English teacher.

The suit also claims the abbey knew about allegations of abuse made against Tarlton in previous years, but did nothing to protect students, according to MPR News.

The settlement includes a requirement that St. John's Abbey release the files of 19 monks accused of sexually abusing children, and pay Bramlage an undisclosed sum of money.

“The credit for achieving this groundbreaking settlement rests with Doe 2, for having the courage to find his voice, stand up for truth and demand transparency with accountability,” said Anderson in a statement.

The names of the 18 additional monks were released two years ago. But their complete files, which contain details of abuse allegations against them, will be released in the coming months, Anderson said.

They are: Br. Andre Bennett, Fr. Michael Bik, Fr. Robert Blumeyer, Fr. Cosmas Dahlheimer, Fr. Richard Eckroth, Fr. Thomas Gillespie, Fr. Othmar Hohmann, Fr. Francis Hoefgen, Fr. Dominic Keller, Fr. John Kelly, Fr. Brennan Maiers, Fr. Finian McDonald, Fr. Dunstan Moorse, Br. Jim Phillips, Fr. Francisco Schulte, Fr. Pirmin Wendt, Fr. Bruce Wollmering, Fr. Angelo Zankl. Photos of them were released by Anderson.

MPR News reports at least a dozen other clergy abuse cases against St. John's Abbey are still pending and this settlement does not affect those cases, according to Anderson's law office.

Tarlton has been living at the abbey "under supervised safety plans" since 2012, according to Anderson's office, along with eight other clergy members who are credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Here's video of the full news conference.

This embed is invalid

Next Up

ballot voting vote

Appeals court changes rules for MN absentee ballots received after Election Day

Pending a further challenge, votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day may not be counted.

Donald Trump

Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

covid saliva test

Minnesota opening its 7th saliva testing location in St. Paul

The tests are free and open to anyone regardless of if they have symptoms.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.