St. John’s Abbey announces lawsuit settlement

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St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville has reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving an allegation of sexual abuse against one of its monks, according to a statement released April 27 by the abbey.

The lawsuit filed in 2013 by a former student at St. John’s Preparatory School alleges he was abused by Father Allen

Tarlton in 1977 when he was a student at the school. The suit also named the Order of St. Benedict, the abbey and the school as defendants.

“Out of respect for the privacy of the parties involved and the agreement we have made, we have no further comment on this settlement,” the abbey said.

As part of the settlement, Father

Tarlton’s file and the files of 18 other monks “who have been deemed likely to have offended against minors” will be released, according to attorney Jeff Anderson.

Father Tarlton was on a list released by the abbey in 2013 of monks who likely have offended against minors. He currently lives at the abbey under a supervised safety plan.

Of the other monks whose files will be released, eight are living under restrictions at the abbey, eight are deceased and two are no longer monks of St. John’s.

In its statement, the abbey outlined the policies and programs it has adopted since 1989 to safeguard minors.

“St. John’s will continue to address the wrongs that were done in the past, and will continue to pray for all survivors of sexual abuse,” it said.