Br. Jerome Skaja

Order: OSB
Status: Settled

Died: 01/30/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

In 10/22 a man publicly stated that Skaja sexually assaulted him numerous times in the 1980s when he was a prepubescent student at Marmion Military Academy in Aurora. The man said he told the dean of students, Rev. Vincent Bataille, who told him to keep it quiet. He said he also told some classmates and that the mother of one of them allegedly confronted the abbot, Rev. David Cyr, to no avail. Skaja remained at the school. His accuser received a settlement from the Benedictines at some point. The Order was reportedly investigating allegations against Skaja as of 10/22. Skaja died in 2016 and, per his obituary, was a former Benedictine.

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