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Media Advisory: Top Official at St. John’s Abbey Named in Two Lawsuits, Press Conference Today

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Media Advisory

April 12, 2016 

St. Paul News Conference Today 

Top Official at St. John’s Abbey,Prior Fr. Tom Andert,Named in Two Lawsuits


Sexual abuse survivor will speak publicly for the first time using his name at press conference today


What:  At a news conference today in St. Paul, attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Bryant will:


*         Announce the filing of two civil lawsuits naming St. John’s Abbey and Father Tom Andert as defendants. One of the survivors, sexually abused by Fr. Andert when he was 14 years old, will speak publicly using his name at tomorrow’s press conference. The second survivor, Doe 324, was sexually abused by Fr. Andert in approximately 1970-1971.

*         Discuss St. John’s 2015 internal investigation of Fr. Andert and how he was returned to ministry in February 2016. Andert was also in charge of the monks on restriction at the Abbey who were accused of child sexual abuse. Survivor Troy Bramlage (Doe 2) will also be present to comment on the release of files from St. John’s and how Andert’s file was not included.

*         Encourage other survivors of sexual abuse by Fr. Tom Andert, and others, to come forward safely and confidentially before the Child Victims Act window legislation expires on May 25, 2016.


WHEN:  Tuesday April 12, 2016, at 1:00PM CT

WHERE: Jeff Anderson & Associates

366 Jackson Street, Suite 100

St. Paul, MN 55101


*         A copy of the complaints will be available at the press conference and on our website today and the event will be live-streamed online with links available on our homepage shortly before the event at www.andersonadvocates.com<http://www.andersonadvocates.com>.


Contact Jeff Anderson:  Office: 651.227.9990 Cell: 612.817.8665

Contact Mike Bryant: Office: 320.259.5414 Cell: 800.359.0061

Contact Josh Peck: Office: 651.227.9990 Cell: 651.253.4972