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Accused Former Apple Valley Priest Also on Winona Diocese List

Thomas P. Adamson worked in the Archdiocese of Winona from 1958 until 1979.

A former Apple Valley priest who was on the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ list of accused priests is also on a similar list that the Diocese of Winona released Monday.

In response to a Ramsey County District Court order, the Diocese of Winona publicly released a list of 14 priests with “credible” accusations of abuse. According to the list, Thomas P. Adamson was ordained in 1958 and worked in 13 parishes in the Diocese of Winona through 1979.

Monday’s release follows the Dec. 5 release by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of priests “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese.”

In addition to Adamson’s Diocese of Winona assignments, he also worked at Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights from 1979 until 1980 and at Risen Savior in Apple Valley from 1981 until 1985, according to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Adamson then returned to the Diocese of Winona and was removed from the ministry. He now lives in Rochester.


Judy Jones December 16, 2013 at 03:24 PM
It takes a lot of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused. This is not an easy thing to do, and it is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Thomas P. Adamson, Sylvester F. Brown, Joseph C. Cashman, Louis G. Cook, William D. Curtis, John R. Feiten, Richard H. Hatch, Ferdinand L. Kaiser, Jack L. Krough, Michael J. Kuisle, James W. Lennon, Leland J. Smith and Robert H. Taylor, and/or Leo Koppala, will get help and find the courage and strength to speak up and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened. Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com SNAP "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests"

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