Man claiming rape at Jesuit High asks AG, state police for help

NEW ORLEANS (LA) | The Times-Picayune

September 24, 2018

By Julia O’Donoghue

A man who says he was raped by a janitor at Jesuit High School in New Orleans while a priest watched has asked state officials to look into sexual abuse within Catholic institutions in Louisiana.

Richard Windmann received a nearly half-million-dollar settlement from the Catholic Church in New Orleans because of sexual abuse he alleges took place at Jesuit in the late 1970s. This week, he asked Attorney General Jeff Landry and Louisiana State Police to investigate the church further and to put pressure on the Catholic hierarchy in Louisiana to release a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct.

“In my opinion, you should get on the right side of this, do your job, the job we pay you to do,” Windmann wrote in an email to Landry and, a day later, to the state police. He said if no one acted on his complaint within five days, he would take it to federal authorities.

Windmann’s request for help from the attorney general was first reported by WVUE Fox 8 Monday (Sept. 24).

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