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Wheeling Jesuit Refuses to Investigate Board Member

Wheeling Jesuit Refuses to Investigate Board Member
October 16, 2009

Wheeling Jesuit University has refused the request of a group that represents survivors of victims of sexual abuse by clergy to investigate one of its board members, the Associated Press reported. The Rev. Thomas Gleeson, the board member, was accused in a lawsuit in the 1990s of being among priests at the Jesuit School of Theology, in California, who sexually harassed a seminarian. The suit was settled out of court with no admission of wrongdoing. But the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests argues that new standards by the Roman Catholic Church require full and public investigations of such charges before the accused should be in positions of power. J. Davitt McAteer, Wheeling Jesuit's interim president, issued a statement indicating that the institution sees no need to investigate. "We at Wheeling Jesuit University, and I personally, am happy to have Father Gleeson serving as a valuable member of our Board of Trustees and Board of Directors.... We have no plans to suspend Father Gleeson, nor conduct any investigation."

 

 

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