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Notre Dame Lawsuits

PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:02 pm
by Happy Mom
This sounds bizarre...... :doh:

Lawsuit says Notre Dame employee arranged sex between her daughter and students


Golden Dome at University of Notre Dame
Joe Raymond
Notre Dame Golden Dome (SBT File Photo)
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 6:04 pm | Updated: 9:18 pm, Fri Oct 30, 2015.
By Lincoln Wright South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — A lawsuit filed Friday accuses a University of Notre Dame employee of pressuring a student into a sexual relationship with her daughter, as well as arranging sexual encounters with her daughter and football and basketball players.
The suit, filed in St. Joseph County Circuit Court against the university and the female employee, claims the male student was a victim of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. The employee and her daughter are not named in the suit, but it says the daughter is "a student at a nearby school" and also works at Notre Dame.
The suit alleges the employee, who is white, pressured the African-American male student into a sexual relationship with her daughter. The student who filed the suit is also not named. He is represented by the law firm of Anderson, Agostino & Keller. The firm issued a news release saying the student fell prey to a "manipulative and predatory scheme."
The suit also claims the employee arranged multiple sexual encounters with her daughter and other African-American students, including basketball and football players.
Notre Dame is aware of the lawsuit and "denies that it engaged in any wrongdoing," Paul Browne, vice president of public affairs and communications, said in a statement.
"The allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaint are unfounded, as are gratuitous and unfounded references to 'student athletes' — an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attempt to attract publicity," Browne said in the statement.
According to the suit, the employee began providing academic help to the male student this past spring and immediately "initiated, directed and coordinated a sexually and racially motivated inappropriate and demeaning relationship" between the student and her daughter.
The woman questioned him about the "nature, frequency and quality of sexual activities," he had with her daughter, according to the suit, "demeaning the plaintiff with racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess."
The woman allegedly provided lodging, transportation, hotel rooms and condoms for the encounters, pressuring the student to continue the relationship and threatening him when he tried to end it. The sexual encounters he was pressured into created a racially hostile environment, :shock: :roll: causing him to suffer academically and emotionally, according to the suit.
When the student first sought to end the encounters, the suit claims, the woman convinced him he needed mental counseling. The student was counseled by a Notre Dame employee who was a "friend and confidant" of the defendant and who sought to medicate the student to keep him passive, the suit claims.
The stress of the "hostile sexual environment and degradation" was furthered exacerbated by the woman pressuring the student to convert to Catholicism, according to the suit.
The student claims he brought the situation to the attention of Notre Dame officials two weeks ago, but the university has "failed to act to remedy the situation," the suit says.
"The failure to respond and react reflects a double standard by some at the University, as the objectification would not have been tolerated under any other set of circumstances," said a news release from the student's attorney.
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Re: Notre Dame Lawsuits

PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:42 am
by bdcbbq
Bizarre is an understatement.

Re: Notre Dame SEX Lawsuit

PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:15 pm
by Happy Mom
Notre Dame fires employee named in sexual harassment lawsuit
WSBT-TV Report


Notre Dame has fired a female employee at the center of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

The university fired the academic coach last month amid the allegations she pressured a male student into having sex with her daughter. That’s according to our news-gathering partners at the South Bend Tribune, who cite a letter from the law firm representing the student.

The woman's daughter is also an employee at Notre Dame.

According to court documents, the woman provided hotel rooms, transportation and condoms.

The suit also claims the woman arranged sexual encounters with her daughter and Notre Dame football and basketball players.

After completing an internal review of the academic coach and her daughter's actions, the university says it decided the employee's behavior violated the values and sexual and discriminatory harassment policies. That's when she was let go.

WSBT 22's Kelli Stopczynski is following this story and will have the details on First at Four. ... t/36204122

Re: Notre Dame Lawsuits

PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:07 am
by Ideal Baloney
Their identities have already leaked out. Wait until you learn the names.

Re: Notre Dame Lawsuits

PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:53 pm
by Happy Mom
Ideal Baloney wrote:Their identities have already leaked out. Wait until you learn the names.

Please let me know..... :pray: :shhh: :?

Re: Notre Dame Lawsuits

PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:28 pm
by Happy Mom
ND fires academic coach accused of sexual harassment

Updated: Mon 6:41 PM, Nov 02, 2015
By: Mark Peterson - Email

“This might be a case where the university thought it could bury its head in the sand,” said Attorney Michael Misch with Anderson, Agostino and Keller. “That’s just not appropriate.”
A lawsuit alleges that some ‘over the top’ behavior took place under the Golden Dome.

“This might be a case where the university thought it could bury its head in the sand,” said Attorney Michael Misch with Anderson, Agostino and Keller. “That’s just not appropriate.”

An academic ‘coach’ or counselor at the University of Notre Dame has been fired for violating the school’s Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment Policy. That’s what it says in a letter from the school to the student dated October 16th. It’s the same white female named in a civil lawsuit against the school filed in St. Joseph Superior Court on behalf of an African American student.

At this point the suit does not ‘name names.’ The defendant is listed as John Doe while the plaintiff is listed as Jane Roe.

While the fired academic counselor did occasionally work with student athletes, “our client is not an athlete,” said Attorney Peter Agostino.

The decision to take the case was a tough one for Agostino who is a ‘double Domer’ with accounting and law degrees from Notre Dame.

I’m thankful for the education I received there. I think part of that is that you have to have the courage to do the right thing.”

Agostino also happens to be a parent of four. “I think anyone who truly loves their child would not anyway want their child exposed to something like this. It’s basically manipulating their child.”

The suit alleges that an academic coach or counselor at Notre Dame allegedly “orchestrated, initiated, directed and coordinated” a sexually and racially motivated relationship between the African American student and her own daughter.

The suit alleges that the counselor went so far as to allegedly provide lodging, transportation, hotel rooms and condoms for sexual excursions across state lines.

“I don’t know if a student necessarily could consent to manipulation by a superior, his academic coach,” said Attorney Michael Misch. “While he was involved with the daughter, the mother stayed very involved through text message and email and discussed almost too intimate portions of their relationship.”

A written statement from the University today read: “A student complained about the conduct of an employee. Notre Dame investigated the complaint and subsequently terminated the employee." Paul Browne added, “As I’ve said, allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaint are unfounded, as are gratuitous and unfounded references to ‘student athletes’—an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attempt to attract publicity.”

The suit alleges that the university is responsible for what happened. “The academic coach is the one who promoted that and pushed for that relationship and we think that the university is responsible for the harm caused by that. We think the university knew about it,
Investigated it, reached a conclusion that, after a thorough investigation allegations of what the academic coach did were supported. Decided to terminate her and then stop there. Didn’t take if further to correct what had happened to the student,” said Agostino. ... 79852.html

Re: Notre Dame Lawsuits

PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:09 am
by Happy Mom
Notre Dame professor accused of sex abuse kills himself
'97 Laetare winner was acclaimed for work on Latino theology

Notre Dame professor accused of sex abuse found dead in home
University of Notre Dame theology professor the Rev. Virgilio Elizondo was found dead of a gunshot wound Monday in his San Antonio home. Tribune File Photo
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:05 am | Updated: 1:46 pm, Wed Mar 16, 2016.
South Bend Tribune Report
SAN ANTONIO — A University of Notre Dame theology professor accused of sexually abusing a boy in the 1980s killed himself Monday.
Police responded to a report of a shooting at the home of the Rev. Virgilio Elizondo fewer than 10 minutes before his official time of death on Monday afternoon, according to the law enforcement and county records, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
The 80-year-old Elizondo had vehemently denied the allegations put forth by a San Antonio man in a lawsuit. The man, who has not been identified, lived in a San Antonio orphanage as a child. The accuser says he was the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of another priest, the Rev. Jesus Armando Dominguez, from 1980 to 1983. The accuser says he sought counsel in 1983 from Elizondo, who was then a priest at the San Fernando Cathedral, about what Dominguez had done to him, but Elizondo kissed and fondled him. The man's lawsuit named both priests and the Archdiocese of San Antonio as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, Dominguez would molest the boy multiple times per week. If the boy complained, Dominguez would feign a heart attack, or threaten to kill the boy and himself, the lawsuit claims. Dominguez later served as a priest in Los Angeles before being defrocked and charged with 58 criminal counts of sexual abuse, according to the Los Angeles Times. Dominguez disappeared, and police believed he had fled to Mexico, The Times reported.
San Antonio Police Department officers were called at 1:55 p.m. Monday to a house owned by Elizondo. The Bexar County medical examiner confirmed to the Express-News on Tuesday that Elizondo was pronounced dead five minutes after officers arrived, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Elizondo had been a theology professor at Notre Dame since 2000. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown responded to an inquiry about Elizondo's status with the university by sending a link to a memoriam on the Notre Dame website. That memoriam referred to Elizondo as a professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology. Elizondo last taught at Notre Dame in the spring of 2015, Brown said.
"Extolled as a founder of U.S. Latino religious thought, Father Elizondo was hailed in Time magazine as one of the leading spiritual innovators in the United States," that memoriam stated. "Yet when he shared his beliefs about the connections between religion and people, he would recall the grocery store his immigrant parents owned in San Antonio, where he spent most of his life. 'I came from a neighborhood where no one thought I would make it out or amount to anything,' he said. 'Even as a boy, I knew I wanted to do something good for the world.' ”
In 1997, Notre Dame awarded him the Laetare Medal, known as the oldest and most prestigious award for American Catholics.
Funeral arrangements are pending, according to the archdiocese. ... ed09c.html

Re: Notre Dame Lawsuits

PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:13 am
by Happy Mom
Court rules for ESPN and against Notre Dame in police records lawsuit

Notre Dame Security Police
The Golden Dome is show from a spot near the Notre Dame Security Police building on the University of Notre Dame campus.
Tribune file photo
The ruling
Police at private universities are public and subject to open-records laws. “There is a danger that the public will be denied access to important public documents when a private agency is exercising a public function.”
The impact?
Very limited. State legislators this month passed a bill that restricts what is subject to open-records law, softening the impact of the court case. Private universities, including ND, helped craft the bill.
The winner?
“In the end, (universities) got what they wanted. (The bill) was disguised as a pro-press measure, but it was anything but.” -- John Twohy, attorney
ND reaction
Ruling “went beyond the law...We will appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court.”

ESPN-Notre Dame opinion
Read the full opinion in the ESPN-Notre Dame lawsuit filed in the Court of Appeals of Indiana.
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:00 am | Updated: 1:29 pm, Wed Mar 16, 2016.

An Indiana appeals court has ruled that the University of Notre Dame's police department is a public agency and subject to open records laws, rejecting the university's arguments that its police records should remain closed and handing media network ESPN a win.
"There is a danger that the public will be denied access to important public documents when a private agency is exercising a public function," the Indiana Court of Appeals wrote in its ruling Tuesday.
But the impact of the legal victory could be limited. As the case was being argued earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly -- at the prodding of private universities, including ND -- passed a bill that that would exempt police forces at private colleges from following the same crime reporting requirements as other law enforcement agencies.
That bill, which is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Mike Pence, would go into effect July 1.
ESPN sued Notre Dame last year after the university rejected a series of requests for police records involving student athletes. Notre Dame cited its status as a private university.
In its ruling Tuesday, the appeals court reversed a lower court decision and sent the case back to St. Joseph Superior Court. The appeals court directed the lower court to determine which of the Notre Dame records sought by ESPN are public under state law, and then order the Notre Dame Security Police to produce only those records.
The court ruled that the campus police department clearly exercises public functions, like municipal police forces, even though it is part of a private entity.
"It would not be appropriate for the Police Department, having availed itself of its statutory right to exercise these public functions, to then be able to circumvent public records requirements to which all other entities exercising these same functions are required to adhere," the ruling states.
The ruling is consistent with those in several states that also have held a private entity exercising a public function is considered public. A Notre Dame attorney had argued that lawmakers never intended for public records laws to apply to private colleges.
The South Bend Tribune and Hoosier State Press Association filed a brief in the case supporting ESPN and arguing that Notre Dame police reports and logs are public records. Attorney General Greg Zoeller also backed ESPN, arguing that Notre Dame's police department reports are public records.
Zoeller, in a statement, hailed the appeals court ruling as "a qualified victory for public access and transparency, concepts my office long has supported. The public has the right to transparency and accountability when police power is being exercised."
Notre Dame plans to appeal the ruling to the Indiana Supreme Court. University officials believe the appeals court went "beyond the law," spokesman Paul Browne said in a statement.
"Since the opinion is not certified or final, it does not yet have effect, and the parties cannot act on it," the statement said. "We will appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court."
Limited impact
Despite the victory for ESPN, the appeals court ruling "may have limited impact" because of House Bill 1022, said attorney John Twohy, who represents the Tribune in the case.
Indiana's private universities got the sense they might lose the court case, and managed to get the bill passed earlier this month to exempt themselves from following the same crime reporting requirements as other police agencies, he said.
Independent Colleges of Indiana, a private organization, and Notre Dame helped write the bill that was adopted by the General Assembly.
State Rep. B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, was the lead sponsor of the bill. He is also a board member of Independent Colleges, though he has denied he has a conflict of interest.
Also, Sen. John Broden, D-South Bend, until recently an Independent Colleges board member, was a co-sponsor.
"In the end, they got what they wanted," Twohy said of the private colleges. "It was disguised as a pro-press measure, but it was anything but."
Steve Key, executive director of the Hoosier State Press Association, called the appeals court ruling "a short-lived victory."
House Bill 1022 was written to "inoculate" private colleges against an adverse ruling in the ESPN vs. Notre Dame case, he said.
"I'm not sure if legislators truly intended to treat private university police departments differently (under the law), or if there was confusion over what the bill would do," Key said.
The bill would require the colleges to release some information about incidents that result in arrests or incarcerations for criminal offenses, but that is only a small number of cases on private campuses.
At Notre Dame over the past two years, for example, the total number of arrests was 126 — or about 60 per year. That represents just a fraction of incidents handled by ND police. In 2015 alone, nearly 1,300 cases were listed on the university police crime log.
What kinds of incidents would be exempt from the proposed law? In recent years at the university, for example, a student died when the scissor lift on which he was filming a football practice fell to the ground; a man on a crew cutting down trees on campus was killed by a falling tree; and a man was critically injured when he fell down a stairwell in the university’s Main Building.
In all the cases, NDSP investigated, but those matters didn’t make the campus police log, there were no police reports released and only limited details were made available to the public.
The bill passed the Indiana House 93-0 and the Senate 49-1. The only legislator to vote against it was Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, a 1980 Notre Dame graduate. She declined to comment.
When contacted Tuesday, Bauer said the bill was narrowly written because he believed including more than arrest and incarceration-related records would "interfere" with the ESPN-Notre Dame case pending in the courts.
If the Indiana Supreme Court ultimately rules in ESPN's favor, Bauer said, the statute "certainly needs to be re-examined" to include records such as daily campus police logs.
"I would be inclined at this time to amend that part of the statute," Bauer said.
Broden said he wanted the bill to go further by including the daily log but determined there wasn't time in this short session to do so.
Broden's time in the Senate has ended because he's running for St. Joseph Circuit Court Judge in November, but he said he hopes the General Assembly will pass legislation classifying private college police logs as public records next year.
"If I'm a reporter, I can see where the daily log is very important from a transparency standpoint," Broden said.
Pence's office said the governor is considering the bill and had no comment. ... f0d4f.html

Re: Notre Dame Lawsuits

PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:29 pm
by Xenokilla
Good, and fork indiana for trying to pass a law saying non public police departments (ND's) are not subject to public records laws. its hogwash, people are just trying to cover up ND's dirt and its shameful.