In November 1992 Mary Tenantry accepted a settlement of $575,000 in damages from Episcopal Church Insurance for the actions of Episcopal priest the Rev. Paul G. Robinson. Tenantry was a married mother of five with a history of mental illness who approached Robinson for pastoral counseling. Robinson initiated a sexual affair that resulted in psychological harm and divorces for both Tenantry and Robinson. A Denver jury awarded Tenantry $1.2 million in damages from the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and its bishop, William Frey, because of negligence in dealing with Tenantry’s complaints about Robinson’s pastoral offenses.
Episcopal priest Paul G. Robinson was a Virginia Theological Seminary graduate ordained in 1984. The married father of two was on staff at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver from 1983-4 and rector of St. Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs from 1986 to 1990, when Tenantry was his parishioner. Robinson was removed from the priesthood and became a middle school teacher in Orlando, Florida.
Bishop Frey was a conservative Evangelical Episcopalian who left the Diocese of Colorado to become dean of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He was an active opponent of the marriage and ordination of homosexuals in The Episcopal Church until his death in 2020 and a figure in Anglican Realignment.