child sexual abuse

Priests Added To List Of Abuse Allegations

Oct 9, 2018
Jennifer Weingart


The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend announced additions to its list of priests and deacons with credible allegations of abuse against them.

Michael Paquet, who served mainly in Fort Wayne, and Bruce Schutt, who served in Mishawaka, Fort Wayne and the military, have been added to the list. There are three allegations between them.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades at a recent press conference in Fort Wayne regarding the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
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Bishop Kevin Rhoades is expected to release the names of priests and deacons within the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse tomorrow via the diocesan website.

Diocese Promises Release Of Names Of Alleged Abusers

Aug 17, 2018
Rebecca Green / WBOI/NIPR

The names of those credibly accused of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will soon be known.


Bishop Kevin Rhoades made the promise Friday afternoon, during a press conference called in response to the Pennsylvia grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church there.


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After a number of high profile teacher sexual misconduct cases and a low ranking on a national “teacher conduct” scorecard -- state lawmakers formed a committee to recommend a plan of ways to protect Indiana children from sexual predators.

Now, the committee has a set  recommendations it hopes will become law.

Lawmakers say tougher measures could protect Indiana children from predatory school employees.

Under new recommendations, educators convicted of certain felonies would automatically lose their licenses.

Task Force Considers How Better To Screen New School Staffers

Jul 5, 2016
Justine Warrington /

Indiana’s largest teachers’ union says legislators should look at all school staff as they take steps to reduce sexual misconduct in schools.

The legislature created the committee after a recent string of high-profile sexual misconduct cases involving school staff. Indiana State Teacher’s Association President Teresa Meredith says she hopes it will study how predators enter schools.

Purdue officials respond to Penn State sanctions

Jul 23, 2012

Purdue continues to remind its employees about their responsibility to report child abuse.

Acting President Tim Sands says that can be done by calling 911 in an emergency situation, or in a non-emergency, alerting a senior staff member and police or Child Protective Services.

Sands and other administrators held a news conference Monday, following the announced sanctions against Penn State for the child sexual abuse scandal there.

Sands says they’re using the report on the situation as a way to improve their procedures and planning.

A greater effort to protect children in the Lafayette area is underway.

Stewards of Children is a training program aimed at changing people’s actions and attitudes toward child sexual abuse.

Jennifer Hall is the executive director of the Greater Lafayette Sexual Assault Prevention Coalition, which is cosponsoring the event with Heartford House. She says the program educates community members about prevention.

All Purdue employees have the responsibility to do what's right to keep those who work, study, and visit the university safe. That's the message from President France Cordova in response to the ongoing scandal at Penn State.

Cordova sent a brief email message to all employees saying everyone should report child abuse or neglect they witness or have knowledge of. She says in an emergency situation, that can be done by calling 911.