Former Professor at Virginia Catholic College Arrested for Child Solicitation
William R. Luckey was arrested on June 25 and charged with solicitation of a 10 year old girl and two counts of taking indecent liberties with the child. Professor Luckey taught for almost 30 years at Christendom College in Virginia, a Catholic institution recommended by the conservative Cardinal Newman Society.
Since his retirement from Christendom in 2015, the professor has taught at Padre Pio Academy, a home-schooling co-op for students K-12 that is based at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal. Luckey's wife founded the academy in 2013. When her husband was charged, she resigned from its board.
What is most disturbing to us about this situation is that in 2018 an administrator from Christendom admitted that Luckey was among several faculty who were "transitioned out" after a group came forward with allegations of rape, sexual assault, and harassment at the school. The concerned alumni met with College President Timothy O'Donnell, who subsequently issued a statement saying, "We have failed some of our students. ... We will do better."
To us, doing better is doing the right thing. That is, to immediately report the allegations to law enforcement so a proper investigation could be completed and criminal charges could be filed if warranted. Instead, officials at Christendom apparently kept the accusations under wraps and enabled Professor Luckey to go on to work with children at Padre Pio Academy. We hold the College responsible for failing to protect vulnerable adults and children. For an institution like Christendom that prides itself on representing high moral standards, we find it appalling that they appear to have cared more about protecting their reputation rather than about doing what was right.
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