Former St. Xavier High School priest accused of psychological sexual abuse


February 21, 2020

By Katherine Barrier

Springfield OH – A former St. Xavier High School priest has been accused of psychological sexual abuse, according to the school.

Fr. Ed Pigott was part of the St. Xavier community from 1969 to 2018. After the school published a list of Jesuit priests, brothers and scholastics who had established allegations of sexual abuse against minors in 2018, allegations were brought against Pigott. The school said the reported abuse happened between 1992 and 1994.

After the allegations, Pigott was not allowed to have unsupervised access to students and was then removed from his duties at the school on Dec. 19, 2018.

On Friday, the school said an independent investigation shows allegations against Pigott to be established, meaning the allegations are based on facts and circumstances where “there is a reasonable certainty that the accusation is true.” Pigott’s name has been added to the list of Jesuits with established accusations of psychological sexual abuse against minors.

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