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Nun accused of sexually abusing student at Ohio high school

November 29, 2018

Nun accused of sexually abusing student at Ohio high school

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A nun who once taught at a Catholic high school in Lancaster, Ohio, has been accused by a former student of sexual abuse, according to reports.

Because of the accusations, Sister Lisa Zuccarelli has been restricted from unsupervised contact with any minor or former student, Fox 28 reports. She also is undergoing a psychological assessment at a center that specializes in therapy for religious and clergy.

The Dominican Sisters of Peace says in a news release that the reported abuse occurred in 1982, when Zuccarelli was teaching at Fisher Catholic High School, according to 10tv.com.

A police report says the female victim had left her home because of abuse and Zuccarelli told her she could stay in her room at St. Mary Convent in Lancaster.

The victim says Zuccarelli molested her that night, then told her to sneak out of the convent in the morning.

Authorities were made aware of the accusations when the former student wrote a letter to the Dominican Sisters of Peace in July.

An outside investigation conducted in October revealed the accusations are credible, 10tv.com reports.

“We consider this conduct reprehensible, and we are deeply sorry for the pain it has caused,” Sister Patricia Twohill, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, says in a news release. “We have approached the situation with as much transparency as possible, while being respectful of the privacy of the victim. We are doing all that we can to support the healing of all involved.”

Twohill says anyone who has experienced abuse should contact her or Lancaster police.

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