Ronan Charles Liles: Substantiated Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Ronan Charles Liles


Father Ronan Charles Liles, also known as Charles R. or Charles B. Liles, born September 6, 1942, was ordained in 1969 in the Dominican Order. Father Liles worked in various parishes in Minneapolis, Chicago, and New Orleans. Liles is named by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as a clergy member who has been credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

In 1997, two brothers filed a lawsuit saying they were sexually abused by Father Liles when they were boys in the 1960s and 1970s. The brothers said they met Father Liles at a Boy Scout Camp and that the abuse took place there and during overnight stays at St. Albert’s rectory in South Minneapolis. The brothers also accused Brother Edmund Frost who lived with Father Liles in St. Albert’s rectory. They said Brother Frost and Father Liles abused them in a “tag-team” fashion.

According to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis list, the following summarizes the locations in which Father Ronan Charles Liles (a/k/a Charles R. Liles or Charles B. Liles) served:

  • 1969-1978: St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1978-1979: Dominican Fathers provincial office, Chicago, IL
  • 1979-1982: Dominican Fathers and Brothers, Southern Dominican Province, New Orleans, LA

Ministerial Status: In 1985 Father Liles was permanently removed from ministry. He was dismissed from the Dominican Order and dispensed from his vows.

Current Location: According to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis list, Father Liles is believed to have died prior to 2006. However, our investigation leads us to believe that Father Liles is currently alive and residing in Montgomery, TX.