A former St. John’s Prep student, known in court documents as John Doe LP, has filed a lawsuit in Stearns County, Minnesota, alleging that the religious order at St. John’s Abbey knew Rev. Allen Tarlton had been accused of sexual abuse clear back in 1958, yet continued to allow him access to children, including the plaintiff who charged he was abused by Tarlton in the 1980s.
According to the lawsuit, at least three abbots knew that Tarlton was a child sex abuser, yet they intentionally did not disclose this information and committed fraud by intentionally misrepresenting that the abbey, prep school, and university were places where children would be safe from this type of abuse.
The lawsuit also says the abbey superiors sent Tarlton to psychiatric treatment for alcohol and sex offenses several times between 1960 and 1983, yet he continued to abuse children up until 1985.
In 2002, Tarlton was restricted by the abbey, along with more than a dozen other priests, for allegations of sexual abuse, and in depositions for other lawsuits, Tarlton admitted to sexually abusing students.
John Doe LP did not know about the fraud being committed by the abbey until his mother sent him information this year about Tarlton regarding his history of abuse.