Head of Jesuit School Apologizes for Abuse
September 13, 2012
The head of a Jesuit boys' school in California has publicly apologized to a former student who says he was sexually molested there in the 1960s.
The Rev. Paul Sheridan of Bellarmine College Preparatory sent the letter by email to alumni, the San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday. Sheridan named the alleged abuser, Brother William Farrington, and the accuser.
Farrington, who supervised boarders at the school in the 1960s and 1970s, was transferred after another accusation of abuse. The current accuser only came forward recently.
David Clohessy, founder of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, suggested to the newspaper that Sheridan's letter is more public relations than substance.
"They're working harder to look better," he said.