The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victim files "first ever" lawsuit
Former St. Louis University president is accused
Before today, he's never been "outed" as a predator
Jesuits promised woman he’d be kept out of ministry
But new suit charges they’re violating their agreement
He’s accused of sexually exploiting 20 year old and cyber-stalking her later
Cleric worked in parish & 2 colleges while allegedly doing “writing & research”
Some victims win these kinds of "prevention" concessions but few are enforced
They will also urge the Jesuits to
The victims will also prod others who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups to call police, get help, expose predators, protect others and start healing.
Despite these restrictions, Fr. Daniel C. O’Connell has subsequently taught seminars at two Jesuit universities – Fordham in the Bronx and Georgetown in Washington DC.- and was on the pastoral staff of a Berlin parish where he presided over mass since the early 1980s, after his supervisors had deemed his accuser “credible.
The alleged sexual abuse happened when the devout young woman was 20 years old and studying in Rome during her junior year in college. She has repeatedly told and written Jesuit officials, including the national/international “superior general,” about the cyber-stalking and more recently when she learned of his continuing position at the Berlin parish.
The suit, which seeks punitive and compensatory damages, is being filed in St. Louis City Circuit Court. The alleged victim is represented by Kansas City attorney Rebecca Randles 816 931 9901; 816 510 2704 cell.
O’Connell was the SLU president from 1974-78. He also headed the Psychology Dept. at Georgetown. He taught at Fordham in 2006 and 2008. O’Connell also taught at Loyola University Chicago.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests