February 28, 2019
By Mike Ellis and Nathaniel Cary
Michael Cassabon told The Greenville News he was abused by Hayden Vaverek multiple times over the course of at least two years while Cassabon was a student at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville.
He reported the alleged abuse in 2013. The Diocese of Charleston and the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Vaverek was removed from the priesthood in 2016.
Cassabon didn’t pursue a criminal charge against Vaverek, and Vaverek has not been criminally charged. Vaverek was defrocked, however, and the diocese said the claim of abuse was “credible.”
Here’s more on who Cassabon is:
► Michael Cassabon, 38, is a Catholic priest who now lives in Toronto, Canada. He’s said he was sexually assaulted by a priest while he was a student at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville
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