Jesuits to pay 281k to settle lawsuits against former SLU president Daniel O'Connell
By Danny Wicentowski on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 6:00 am, Riverfront Times
In the late 1960s, while Daniel O'Connell was a "very popular" professor at Saint Louis University, a female undergraduate alleges that he used his position to sexually abuse her during counseling sessions. Years later, in 2012, the woman filed a lawsuit claiming that O'Connell held her on his lap while he masturbated and told her that sex would bring her closer to God.
O'Connell went on to become SLU president from 1974 to 1978, but the allegations of abuse eventually caught up with him. Last week, the Jesuits of the Missouri Province and SLU agreed to pay $200,000 to the alleged victim, "Jane Doe 929," to settle the 2012 case.
But the recent developments involving O'Connell and the Jesuits . . .