South Bay Catholic School Probe Reveals Sexual Misconduct: Report


July 10, 2020

By Gideon Rubin

A former Presentation High School student’s Washington Post op-ed precipitated the investigation.

San Jose – An elite South Bay all-girls Catholic school has issued a public apology after an independent investigation it launched last year revealed a pattern of sexual abuse that goes back decades, NBC Bay Area reports.

San Jose’s Presentation High School initiated the probe in September of last year after former Presentation student Kathryn Leehane wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post alleging sexual abuse at her former school.

Presentation issued a public apology that appears on its website’s homepage acknowledging the “hurt” sexual abuse survivors experience, and that “the stark truth is that our school did not live up to its commitment to protect you.”

The probe, conducted by Van Dermyden Maddux, a Sacramento law firm, revealed a pattern of sexual abuse spanning four decades, from the early 1980s through 2013, the report said.

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