Jeff Anderson targets St. John’s, monk in latest sex abuse lawsuit

Share Button

The Blotter

By Hart Van Denburg, Tuesday, May. 18 2010 @ 1:20PM 

Jeff Anderson, the St. Paul attorney who has cut a wide swath of controversy as he files lawsuits against alleged sexually abusive priests in the Catholic Church all over the world, has now trained his sites on the monks of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville.

On Tuesday he filed a lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court against St. John’s Preparatory School, the abbey, the Order of St. Benedict and Father Raymond Francisco Schulte, a former teacher and minister at the school.

According to the lawsuit, Schulte recruited and sexually abused two boys, one from North Carolina, one from Minnesota, before and while they were students at the school in the mid-1980s.

The lawsuit names Father Raymond Francisco Schulte as the abuser, and says he is currently an active Benedictine monk in Rome, giving tours. It also lists other priests in the order with alleged histories of sexual abuse, claims the school failed to protect the children from sexual abuse, and tied to sweep allegations of abuse under the rug.

The Washington Post recently profiled Anderson as an alcoholic-turned-workaholic who originally abandoned law school before finding his calling, notoriety and meal ticket as a pursuer of pedophile priests the world over.

His ultimate goal having filed a lawsuit against the Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican, he says: Put the Pope on the witness stand, under oath, for an honest accounting of what the Church knew, and how it dealt with — and concealed — priests and other officials it knew to be sexually abusing children.

Anderson also recently brought a lawsuit against the Breck School, accusing the administration there of knowing about, and failing to do anything about, alleged sexual abuse by former Minneapolis Parks Police Capt. William Jacobs.

Prosecutors in Hennepin County say that Jacobs molested at least 18 children from 1962-1980. He worked at Breck in 1972, where, according to Anderson, he molested a boy whom Anderson now represents.

The school’s headmaster at the time, John Littleford, told Fox 9 that he knew Jacobs represented a problem for the school and fired him as soon as school protocol allowed.


Former Breck Headmaster Discusses Sex Abuse Lawsuit

‘The law did not protect the school or the child’

Updated: Friday, 14 May 2010, 8:07 AM CDT
Published : Thursday, 13 May 2010, 5:10 PM CDT

by Trish Van Pilsum / FOX 9 News

MINNEAPOLIS – For the first time since the FOX 9 Investigators broke the story of the alleged sex abuse of a half-dozen boys at the prestigious Breck School, the headmaster at the time is talking — and denying he tried to cover up the problem.

Williams Jacobs was teacher at Breck School between 1973 and 1976. He was also a former Minneapolis Park Police officer.

In all, more than 17 men have come forward and accused Jacobs of molesting them when they were boys in the 1960s and 1970s. Thursday, FOX 9 spoke with former headmaster John Littleford.

It was Littleford’s handling of the Jacobs matter that is now under fire. One of the six former Breck students who says Jacobs molested him is suing the school. In that lawsuit, and in an earlier interview with the FOX 9 Investigators, the former student says Littleford discouraged his family from telling anyone Jacobs abused him.

Littleford told FOX 9 he got rid of Jacobs as fast as the school’s lawyer would let him and that legally he couldn’t tell anyone that he had fired Jacobs, or why.

At the time, Littleford says Jacobs was allowed to tell everyone he quit because he couldn’t get along with the headmaster, which angered students and teachers.

“At the time, I felt morally outraged that the man should go, and why was I paying the price for letting him go?” Littleford said. “Because the law protected him. The law did not protect the school or the child.”

Littleford says he didn’t know Jacobs went right from Breck to a job with the Minneapolis Park Police. When he found out, he wanted to call to warn them. He says the school’s lawyer never called him for a job reference before hiring Jacobs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *