St. Ignatius Says More Alumni Allege Sexual Abuse by Faculty Members

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CLEVELAND – In a letter to all alumni and parents of Saint Ignatius High School students, President Rev. William J. Murphy says an investigation into claims of sexual abuse has resulted in 33 complaints stemming as far back as the 1950’s.

The letter, dated Nov. 18, provided a detailed report on the status of the school’s investigation into the sex abuse claims.

Rev. Murphy says an initial letter sent to alumni and parents of Saint Ignatius High School students in August regarding the allegations prompted many others to come forward with stories of past abuse.

Rev. Murphy says the original complaint involved a former faculty member who was at the school in the 1950’s, but additional complaints deal with faculty members on staff in the 1970’s.

According to the letter, Rev. Murphy says he has reported 33 complaints to the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Jesuits for further investigation. Rev. Murphy adds that many of the complaints did not allege abuse but describe attempts at abuse.

In all six accused perpetrators have been allegedly identified through St. Ignatius’ investigation. Rev. Murphy says he has made civil authorities aware of the claims regarding two accused perpetrators who still live in Cuyahoga County.

Murphy adds that it is now up to authorities if they will attempt to pursue charges.