Delbarton leaders: ‘Mistakes were made’ in supervision of former headmaster accused of sexual misconduct

The Star-Ledger

By Kevin Manahan/The Star-Ledger

MORRIS TOWNSHIP — Officials for the Delbarton School and St. Mary’s Abbey admitted yesterday “mistakes were made” in their monitoring of former headmaster Luke Travers, who violated restrictions placed on him after he was accused last year of sexual misconduct, according to religious officials in Virginia.

The Rev. Travers, 55, the headmaster at Delbarton from 1999 to 2007, was working as the administrative head of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey in Richmond, Va., when the two-decades-old allegations were made in June.

At that time, Travers was told an investigation was being launched and that he could not have contact with anyone under 25, could say Mass only for fellow clergy and could not have access to a car.

But Virginia religious officials say Travers said Mass to children, visited a local high school and had access to a car over the next seven months.

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