Prep Sends Letter to Alumni about Possible Abuse by Jesuit Priest

By Sarah Hofius Hall
The Times-Tribune
December 5, 2010

Scranton Preparatory School has sent a letter to alumni who graduated from 1961 through 1989, alerting them their former science teacher may have abused children in the Scranton area.

Jesuit officials in Maryland announced last week they are looking into allegations that the Rev. Neil McLaughlin, who also has ties to the University of Scranton and St. Thomas More Church in Lake Ariel, sexually abused minors while in Scranton.

"Although we are told that no allegation against (the Rev.) McLaughlin has been received from a Scranton Prep graduate, I am sending this letter to all former Scranton Prep students who were at the school at the same time that (the Rev.) McLaughlin worked here," Prep's president, the Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., wrote in the letter dated Nov. 30.

The University of Scranton, where the Rev. McLaughlin served as alumni chaplain from 2002 to 2006, has issued a similar letter to its campus community.

Both letters ask those who may have been abused to contact their local civil authorities and then call the Maryland Province at 443-921-1326.

Jesuit officials in Maryland have said their inquiry stems from "recent information" about possible victims in the Scranton area and a "credible allegation from an adult female who contacted the Jesuits in 2008 regarding an abusive incident she suffered as a young girl in Scranton in 1963."


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