Charges of Sexual Harassment at KC-St. Joseph Diocese
Celibacy vows don’t seem to be working…
An archivist claims the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph fired him for objecting to pervasive homosexual sexual harassment from priests who “fawned” over a male co-worker.
Larry Probst sued the Diocese for sexual harassment, sex discrimination and retaliation, in Federal Court. The diocese is the only defendant in the case.
Probst worked as an assistant to the diocese’s archivist. He claims his bosses, the Rev. Charles Michael Coleman and Fr. Robert Cameron, “fawned” over his co-worker Michael St. George, and that the three sexually harassed him. Cameron even said St. George “could ‘cum in my hand,” the complaint states.
“Both Fathers Cameron and Coleman fawned over plaintiff’s co-worker, St. George, in the presence of plaintiff,” Probst stays
“Plaintiff was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment when St. George made sexual advances toward him.
“Fr. Robert Cameron and others would talk to Fr. Coleman about St. George in sexually suggestive ways, in the presence of plaintiff.”
Probst then lists incidents of “unwanted and unwelcome sexual harassment,” including:
“a. Sexually offensive comments from St. George such as ‘I don’t date someone with a hatchet wound,’ referring to a girlfriend of a co-worker.
“b. Sexually offensive comments from St, George about removing pornography from his computer desktop before he could allow a Parish Soft technician access to his computer.
“c. Sexually offensive advances and gestures from St. George such as arching up and grabbing his crotch while riding in a vehicle with plaintiff at the request of Father Coleman.
“d. Sexually offensive comments from Father Coleman, such as about games men play where the loser has to ‘service’ the other men under the table.
“e. Sexually offensive comments from Father Cameron such as that St. George could ‘cum in my hand.’”
Probst also claims he was exposed to sexually explicit emails on St. George’s computer.