The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Another accused priest works in Philadelphia Archdiocese
Jesuit was accused of sexually harassing a young seminarian
Despite a settlement in 2002, he’s chaplain at a Philly university
SNAP wants him removed and students and staff told of his past
“It’s not just kids,” group says, “Clerics also assault vulnerable adults”
They will also urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or misdeeds to come forward, get help and call police, even those who may have technically been adults when they were hurt.
In 1993, Bollard began to study at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. There, Bollard says Gleeson (then president of the school) sexually propositioned him: "He said to me that if I wanted to be friends with him, I shouldn't be surprised if it became sexual and that he himself was most interested in mutual masturbation."
Bollard's was the first sexual harassment suit by a former seminarian against the Jesuits, according to the National Catholic Reporter. It also charged two other Jesuits - Father Andrew Sotelo and Father Anton – with sexually harassing Bollard. The case was featured on the investigative TV show “Sixty Minutes.” The suit sought $1 million but was resolved for an undisclosed amount.
In October 2009, SNAP members unsuccessfully sought to have Gleeson removed as a board member at Wheeling Jesuit University http://www.wju.edu/about/bod.asp .Interim school president J. Davitt McAteer refused.
SNAP wants Cardinal Justin Rigali and St. Joseph officials to suspend Gleeson and investigate the allegations. The group also wants to explicitly encourage those who were victimized by clergy as vulnerable adults to step forward, get help, expose wrongdoing and protect others.
The suit was filed in San Francisco federal court in 1997. Bollard's attorneys were James Wagstaffe (415 371 8500, [email protected]) and Mary Patricia Hough (415.399.1110).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests