In light of the current investigation underway by law enforcement, I would like to know who authorized the (near complete) scrubbing of [BM’s] name from the SJU Athletic Department web site.[Webmaster’s Note: This email is a follow-up to a September 28, 2013 letter [ View ] to SJU President Michael Hemesath and others.]
Alleged Rape (and a current coverup) at Saint John’s
Email to Michael Hemesath, Tom Stock and Bill Sexton:
As you are aware, senior swimmer [BM] left Saint John’s University early last month following a credible allegation of sexual misconduct. So credible, in fact, that a search warrant was issued.
In light of the current investigation underway by law enforcement, I would like to know who authorized the (near complete) scrubbing of [BM’s] name from the SJU Athletic Department web site.
What else are you hiding from law enforcement?
What are you hiding from other victims?[BM] was on the swim team during the 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years yet his name has been removed from the swim team roster for each of those years:
It is well documented (see below) that [BM] was a member of those teams.
You are no doubt familiar with other members of the Saint John’s University Athletic Department who have covered up sexual misconduct on campus. This list includes John Gagliardi (circa 1968, 1975 and 2001), Pat Haws in 1975, and Jim Smith in 2003.
It is disappointing that the new president of the university, the current athletic director and its swim coach have joined that group.
CC: Abbot John Klassen, Sheriff John Sanner, Brother Dan Morgan
*** A. As a freshman (2009-2010 school year), [BM] competed on the SJU swim team.
In December of 2009, [BM] competed at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational.
See Attached: Dec, 2009 UW-River Falls Falcon Invite – Red Division.pdf
*** B. As a sophomore (2010-2011 school year), [BM] competed on the SJU swim team.
In December of 2010, [BM] competed at the UW-River Falls Invitational
See Attached: Dec, 2010 UW-River Falls Invitational.pdf
*** C. As a junior (2011-2012 school year), [BM] competed on the SJU swim team.
In December of 2011, [BM] competed at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational
See Attached: Dec, 2011 UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational (Men).pdf
*** D. Also as a junior (2011-2012 school year) swim team member [BM] was mentioned in “The Record” three times:
Sep. 30, 2011
“Swimming instead of driving.”
Dec. 9, 2011
“Our team performance was good,” junior [BM] said. “Despite a
tougher environment this year, several guys still made finals and a
good chunk of them were freshmen.” One such first-year was Logan
Arnold, who placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (54.35s) among
D-III athletes and placed ninth overall. “Individually, I was right
where I wanted to be in terms of time for my events,” Arnold said. “It
is nice to have a bigger mid-season invitational to compare yourself
to other swimmers in the MIAC.”
Jan. 27, 2012
Other notable finishers on Friday against St. Cloud State included
seniors Seaburg and Jesse Otis, who finished second and third in the
200-yard freestyle, posting times of (1:48.37) and (1:48.92)
respectively. On Saturday, Franta took fourth in the 200-yard
backstroke with a time of 2:03.65 and junior [BM] finished
fifth in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:50.20. The Johnnies will compete
at 1 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 28 at the Butler Center Pool on the campus
of St. Catherine’s University, in St. Paul, Minn.