SHOREVIEW (AP) -- Eleven members of a Minnesota-based Roman Catholic religious order are living under restrictions at mostly undisclosed locations because of sexual misconduct allegations, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Sunday.
The newspaper reported that six Crosiers were accused of sexually abusing minors in the 1970s and 1980s at a prep school run by the order in Onamia. Four of them are among those on restrictions, and two are out of the order.
One case involved allegations of sexual abuse by four Crosiers at the Onamia school, which closed in 1989. According to a confidential settlement signed in 1988, the victim was paid $150,000, which he says was meant to keep him from publicly discussing what happened and filing a lawsuit.
"Hush money is what it was," said Mark London, who said he is speaking out because he wants the Crosiers to be held accountable. "They knew they were in a corner."
The U.S. Crosiers order, which has 87 members, is based in Shoreview. While leaders have been more forthcoming lately about allegations and admissions, the Crosiers have declined to publicly identify most of the 11 men who are living under restrictions or to say where they are.
Earlier this month, the Crosiers hired the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre & Benson to investigate past and present allegations of sexual misconduct against its members. The firm will review all documents related to misconduct and the personnel files of any Crosier priest, brother, employee or volunteer named in a misconduct allegation, said the Rev. Thomas Carkhuff, head of the U.S. Crosiers since 1999.
"I am deeply saddened by the pain and suffering of all sexual abuse victims," Carkhuff said. "I offer them our deepest apologies."
Dave Kostik, a Crosier spokesman, said the order will "make a public report of some sort" on the firm's findings after the investigation.
Carkhuff said the Crosiers are considering naming those under restrictions when the investigation is done.
"This is our way of communicating to people that we are taking this very seriously and we are changing and we are committed to change and that we want to be accountable, but we also want to be accurate," Carkhuff said.
The Crosiers are taking the investigation so seriously that four priests previously cleared of sexual misconduct are on restrictions again while new investigations are underway, a spokesman said Saturday. The other seven men under restrictions have admitted sexual misconduct in the past.
The restrictions vary but can include requiring the Crosier to receive therapy, prohibiting him from doing public ministry or working with minors, or requiring him to be escorted in public.
Questions about what took place at the Onamia prep school and seminary in the 1970s and 1980s surfaced publicly last month.
During services at St. Odilia Catholic Church, Carkhuff told parishioners for the first time that a Crosier member was living under restrictions in Shoreview for past sexual misconduct. Brother Gregory Madigan had been living at the Crosiers' Shoreview community, which is next door to St. Odilia church and school, for more than a year. Those restrictions stemmed from a 1988 admission by Madigan that he abused a 14-year-old boy. Carkhuff has said that Madigan admitted to abusing other boys in the mid-1980s at the Onamia school.
Carkhuff also recently removed the Rev. Neil Emon from public ministry at a parish in Arizona after receiving "new or more accurate information" involving the priest. Emon had already been living under restrictions at the Crosier community in Arizona after admitting he abused boys in Onamia in the early- to mid-1970s, Carkhuff said.
London, now 40, told the Star Tribune that neither Emon nor Madigan abused him. But he said other Crosiers did.
The abuse, he said, began almost immediately after he enrolled at the prep school in 1977 and continued through his senior year.
In a lawsuit prepared but never filed because of the settlement, London alleged that three brothers and one priest groped, fondled and tried to have sex with him while he was a student.
London said he initially reported the sexual abuse to his counselor, who dismissed it and called him a liar. London also spoke about it with several school officials and Crosier leaders, he said.
He was known as Jeffrey Lenzen from River Falls, Wis., while a student, but he changed his name years later as he worked with a therapist to start a new life.
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