New York schools reassure parents after the publication of a list of 50 Jesuits priests accused of abuse
Many Jesuits priests accused of sexual abuse worked in NYC high schools according to a list released earlier this month by the Jesuits. Xavier, Regis, Brooklyn Prep and Fordham Prep which are among New York’s best catholic schools, all appeared to have hired priests who were identified by the Society of Jesus as having a history of sexual abuse found to be “more likely true than not after investigation.”
Alleged sexual predator was still teaching at Masters School
The allegations are from decades ago and 35 priests mentioned on the list have now passed away. Others have been removed from ministry or restricted from serving in public roles. Most of them have not been teaching for years. However one of them was still teaching at Masters Schools, a prestigious private school with no religious affiliation located in Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, just North of New York City. Up until a few days ago Robert Cornigans lived on campus and was an English teacher there. Cornigans who left the Jesuits in 1981 was hired by the school in 2004 despite allegations that came out in 2003 that he had abused a child in 1976. After the list was published he was immediately forced to resign and to leave his campus residence. The school sent a letter to the parents and the community to apologize and informed them that they would hire an outside firm to investigate the case.