Questionable Data Used as Basis for Prep School Press Release

Headmaster Father Jonathan Licari, OSB and Saint John’s Preparatory School reportedly use five anonymous online reviews as basis for a glowing press release.

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Protected: Rev. Ian Dommer Removed from Prep School

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Andert Will Attend Reunion This Weekend, His Victim Will Not

Ben will not be attending his 20-year reunion, however. He committed suicide in December of 2014.

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Abbey Releases Eckroth Obituary Minus Allegations

Despite the abbey’s well-researched decisions to add Father Richard Eckroth’s name to several lists of monk with allegations of sexual abuse involving minors [ View ], the abbey’s obituary for Father Eckroth [ View ] made no mention of his misconduct.

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Monk repeatedly accused of sex abuse dies at abbey

(SC Times) St. John’s Abbey monk the Rev. Richard Eckroth, who was repeatedly accused of sexually abusing children, died Sunday at the abbey. He was 88.

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St. John’s monk accused of sexual abuse dies at 88

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) – A St. John’s monk suspected of sexually abusing several children died on Sunday at the age of 88. Father Richard Eckroth is on a list of credibly accused clerics from St. John’s Abbey and the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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Jury acquits ex-priest accused of sexual abuse in Hastings church

“Proving beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred 24-26 years ago without significant corroborating physical evidence of the crime itself is always a difficult task,” Backstrom said. “Without such corroborating evidence the jury must render its decision based primarily upon one person’s word against that of another.” Jeff Anderson, an attorney representing Hoefgen’s accuser in a civil case, said he was not surprised by the verdict. The jury was never informed about other accusations of child abuse against Hoefgen, he said, nor of his treatment at St. Luke Institute in Maryland, a facility that often treats clergy sex offenders.

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Father Richard Eckroth Dies; Abbey Silent

1971_Eckroth_CabinFather Richard Eckroth, a monk from Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota (USA) reportedly died at 4:25pm on Sunday in the abbey’s retirement home. Eckroth’s funeral is scheduled for 3pm on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Father Richard Eckroth is one of the Saint John’s Abbey most notorious alleged sex offenders [ View] and was the subject a 2002 article (“Sins of a Father: ‘Sauna Kids’ Abuse“) in INSIGHT Magazine.

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Former Hastings priest to be tried this week in sex abuse case

A former Hastings priest accused of sexual abuse 25 years ago is set to go on trial this week.

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Police search St. John’s Abbey for Hoefgen files

An investigator from the Hastings Police Department served a search warrant last week at St. John’s Abbey in connection with the prosecution of former abbey monk Fran Hoefgen.

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(KARE 11) Settlement May Shed New Light – Video

COLLEGEVILLE, MN – The recent settlement of a civil lawsuit and an upcoming criminal trial are shedding light on sexual abuse allegations involving monks at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville.

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Confidentiality Clauses No Longer In Effect

As part of a 2011 settlement, all victims of sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the Saint John’s community who signed settlement agreements that included confidentiality clauses were released from those confidentiality restrictions.

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Abbey Silenced Alleged Tauscher Victim

Despite credible allegations of misconduct — and despite Abbot John Klassen’s repeated claims of transparency — Father Donald Tauscher’s name has never been made public.

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Tarlton’s Perp?

Shortly after this episode, he left for graduate studies at the University of
Louvain, and was away from the abbey for some seven years doing
doctoral and post-doctoral work.
– Father Allen Tarlton

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Rev. Anthony Ruff Still on SJU Staff

Father Anthony Ruff remains on the staff at St. John’s University [ Link ] despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct and retaliation, after which he was sent to the Saint Luke Institute in Maryland for more than one year. Father Anthony Ruff also remains involved with the National Catholic Youth Choir.

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Tracking the Public Lists

Since 2002, twenty-three members (see chart, below) of the Saint John’s monastic community have been publicly listed as having credible allegations of misconduct.

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(Star Tribune) St. John’s Abbey to Open Sex-Abuse Files

The files released Tuesday on Tarlton shed light on the types of documents to be made public in the months ahead. They indicate four abbots had been aware of Tarlton’s sexual behavior, which started in 1950s, that he had been sent to five different treatment facilities, on six occasions, and was seen by seven mental health professionals.

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(MPR) In memoir, St. John’s Abbey priest admits abusing high school student

“There are a lot of people who are going to be able to get healthy because of it.” – Troy Brandlage
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(MPR) St. John’s Abbey settles sex abuse suit

Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents Doe 2, said the settlement will require Saint John’s Abbey to release the files of 19 monks accused of sexually abusing children and provide a financial settlement for an amount that will not be publicly disclosed.

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Vulnerable Adult Victims Abandoned

It is time for Abbot John Klassen to disclose the names of all credibly accused monk and lay offenders — of both children and vulnerable adults — in the Saint John’s community, precisely because he has taken credit in the past for understanding that, “secrecy is harmful to victims.”

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