Archdiocese of Detroit investigating 'credible' child sexual abuse claim against late priest

Posted at 10:59 AM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 10:59:10-05

The Archdiocese of Detroit says it is investigating a "credible" allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against a late priest. 

According to the Archdiocese of Detroit, the claim is against Monsignor Thaddeus Ozog, who was ordained in 1956 and died in 1994.

According to the archdiocese, they shared the complaint with authorities, and the Archdiocese Review Board commissioned an independent investigation, which found that the allegation was credible and has a "semblance of truth."

Ozog worked at seven different institutions during his time. Those were: 

  • 1956 – 1958: Associate Pastor, Our Lady Help of Christians, Detroit
  • 1958: Associate Pastor, St. Columban, Birmingham
  • 1958: Associate Pastor, Our Lady of the Lakes, Waterford
  • 1959 – 1975: Instructor (1959); Registrar (1962); Dean (1968); Rector (1970), Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit
  • 1975: Associate Pastor, St. Hillary, Detroit
  • 1975: Associate Pastor, St. Mary, Wayne
  • 1976 – 1978: Pastor, St. Roch, Flat Rock

Last month, the Archdiocese of Detroit removed a priest, 83-year-old Robert Witkowski, after credible allegations of child sexual abuse surfaced.