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Assignment Record– Rev. Thomas A. Kuhn

Summary of Case: Thomas A. Kuhn was a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, ordained in 1967. For over twenty years he worked at Elder High School as a teacher, vice principal and then principal. During that time he was assigned to a series of area parishes as an assistant and, for several years, pastored one. Kuhn left Elder in July 1988. The following year he began a twelve-year stint as pastor of Incarnation in Centerville, OH which is near Dayton and in the northern reaches of the archdiocese. He was also involved with nearby Alter High School as a teacher and sports team chaplain.

In the early 1990s Incarnation parents began to complain to the school principal that Kuhn was showing undue attention to their young sons, sending them to class late after mass and taking them out of class to his home. The principal confronted Kuhn, but the behavior continued. A former Alter High student said in 2002 that in 1994 she informed the archdiocese that a former student told her Kuhn had touched him in ways that made him feel uncomfortable. Reportedly, the archdiocese did nothing. In 1997 Alter's principal reported Kuhn to the archdiocese and Children's Services after a male student told two teachers that Kuhn had stuck his hand down the boy's pants. Kuhn was allowed to remain in ministry until May 2002, when he was under investigation by the Sheriff's Department for possible "misuse" of church computers. He had been on leave for a few months earlier in the year for treatment of alcoholism. Bishop Pilarczyk stated publicly that Kuhn was "guiltless," leading to the objections of former students, parents and fellow priest, Rev. Lawrence Breslin. Kuhn was known to lavish boys with money and expensive gifts, and to provide them with alcohol. During November 2001-January 2002, he hosted four boys and a girl in his home, gave them alcohol and masturbated in front of at least one of them.

In October 2002 Kuhn was charged with one count of public indecency, six counts of furnishing alcohol to minors and four counts of allowing minors to possess or consume alcohol on his premises. He pleaded no contest in June 2004 in October 2002 was sentenced to five years' probation and fined $10,500. In 2005 he violated the terms of his probation and was jailed for thirty days.

Kuhn was laicized in October 2014.

Ordained: 1967
Laicized: 2014


   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1967

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Karl Joseph Alter (1950-1969).

1968 St. Ann's Cincinnati OH 3/3

St. Ann's had a school with 547 boys and 582 girls.

1967

Alter was succeeded as Cincinnati archbishop by Paul Francis Leibold (1969-1972) followed by Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982). Bernardin was replaced by Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009).

1988 Elder High School Cincinnati OH teacher 5 years; vice principal 9 years; principal 7 years Elder had 1,900-1,040 students, all male.
1968 1970 Holy Family Cincinnati (Price Hill) OH 2/2 Holy Family had a school with 169-131 boys and 207-189 girls.
1970 1972 St. William's Cincinnati OH 3/4, 2/3 St. William's had a school with 497-458 boys and 458-411 girls.
1972 1973 Our Lady of Victory Cincinnati (Delhi Hills) OH 3/3 Our Lady of Victory had a school with 557 boys and 526 girls.
1973 1976 Our Lady of Visitation Cincinnati OH 2/3 Our Lady of Visitation had a school with 661-652 students.
1976 1982 St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati OH 1/2 St. Vincent de Paul had a school with 68-53 students.
1982 1983         Kuhn is not indexed in the 1983 Directory or listed as at his previous assignment. He is listed, however, in the Cincinnati pages as Principal of Elder High School.
1983 1986 St. John's Westchester OH 2/2  
1986 1987         Kuhn is not indexed in the 1987 Directory or listed as at his previous assignment. He is listed, however, in the Cincinnati pages as principal of Elder High School.
1988 1989 St. John's Westchester OH 2/2  
1989 2001 Incarnation

Centerville

In the early 1990s Incarnation's school principal confronted Kuhn for his undue attention to young altar boys, including sending them late to class after masses, and showing up at the school to take individual boys out of class and to his home. Kuhn's behavior continued.

OH 1/3, 1/2 Incarnation had a school with 530-788 students, and a CCD program with 168-850 students.

1992

1996

1999

1995

 

2002

Alter High School

Kettering

A former Alter English teacher said in 2002 that in 1994 she informed the archdiocese that a student told her Kuhn had touched him in ways that made him feel very uncomfortable. Reportedly, the archdiocese took no action.

In 1997 an Alter student told two teachers that Kuhn had stuck his hand inside the boy's pants. The principal reported the allegations to Children's Services and the archdiocese.

Kuhn hosted minors at his home, including four boys and a girl November 2001-January 2002. He furnishing them with alcohol and, on at least one occasion, masturbated in front of a child.

In early 2002 the mother of a 17-year-old Alter student was so worried about the priest's relationship with her son that, per her insistence, the archdiocese ordered Kuhn to stay away from him.

OH

physics teacher 1992-1995; golf coach 1996; freshman basketball team chaplain 1999-2002

 
May 2001 May 2002 St. Henry's Dayton (Miami Township) OH 1/3

St. Henry's had a CCD program with 487 students.

Kuhn was placed on leave in May 2002 pending an investigation by the county Sheriff's Department into whether he had "misused" church computers. He had been on leave for several months earlier in the year for treatment of alcoholism. He resigned from St. Henry's in September 2002, saying the investigation had gone on too long. Bishop Pilarczyk proclaimed that Kuhn was "guiltless." Former students and teachers of Alter High School objected, expressing concern over Kuhn's history of lavishing attention on young boys, which included giving them money, expensive gifts, and alcohol. Rev. Lawrence Breslin spoke out, citing complaints about Kuhn dating to 1994.

2002 2003 Leave of Absence       In October 2002 Kuhn was charged with one count of public indecency, six counts of furnishing alcohol to minors and four counts of allowing minors to possess or consume alcohol on his premises.
2003 2007        

Kuhn is not indexed in the 2004-2007 Directories.

He pleaded no contest in June 2004 to the October 2002 charges against him. He was sentenced to five years' probation and fined $10,500.

In January 2005 Kuhn was found to have violated the terms of his probation and was sentenced February 11 to thirty days in jail.

2007

Pilarczyk was succeeded by Dennis Marion Schnurr (2009-).

2014 Priests on Administrative Leave Cincinnati OH   Kuhn is not indexed in the 2015 Directory. He was laicized by the Vatican in October 2014.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1968-2014).

St. Henry Priest Placed on Leave, Computer Seized, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, May 25, 2002
Priest's Resignation Accepted, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, September 10, 2002
 Concerns Were Voiced about Priest, By Jim DeBrosse, Dayton Daily News, September 15, 2002
 Ex-St. Henry Pastor Facing 11-Count Indictment, By Tom Beyerlein, Daytona Daily News, October 16, 2002
 Priest Guilty of Public Indecency, By Rob Modic, Dayton Daily News, June 24, 2004
 Priest Gets 5 Years' Probation, By Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati Enquirer, July 22, 2004
 Priest Fights Sex Offender Status, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, January 1, 2005
 Statement by Bishop Pilarczyk, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 13, 2005
 Probation Revocation Hearing Set for Priest, Catholic Telegraph, January 20, 2005
 Rev. Kuhn Jailed 30 Days for Violating Terms of Probation, By Rob Modic, Dayton Daily News, February 11, 2005
 Jailed Priest Files Personal Details, By Rob Modic, Dayton Daily News, March 9, 2005
 Status Report on Clerics Credibly Accused of Child Abuse, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Report, February 7, 2006
 Accused Priests Remain on Payroll, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, April 22, 2007
Abuse victim reacts after Tri-State priests defrocked by Vatican, By John London, WLWT, October 28, 2014
 Victim's advocate glad to see 3 Tri-State priests defrocked by Vatican, By Tammy Mutasa, WLWT, October 28, 2014
 Vatican defrocks 3 priests over sexual misconduct, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, October 29, 2014 


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This assignment record was last updated on January 19, 2017.


 
 

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