April 19, 2005

Adrian man fights release of sex abuse documents

Toledo Blade

blade staff writer

In January, allegations of sexual misconduct in the 1980s came back to haunt Adrian College's music director. Now Thomas Hodgman is fighting back.
Mr. Hodgman, a former choir master at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., is one of more than a half-dozen people opposing the release of documents relating to accusations of sexual misconduct by priests, nuns, and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, California.

A hearing on the possible release of the documents has been scheduled for May 17 so Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman may consider objections from Mr. Hodgman and the others.

In January, the diocese announced details of a $100 million settlement of cases brought by 90 alleged victims of sexual misconduct, and said it would not oppose the release of documents pertaining to the cases.

Mr. Hodgman was accused of carrying out a relationship, impregnating, and passing on a venereal disease to a student while he was at Mater Dei, which is part of the diocese.

Posted by kshaw at April 19, 2005 08:39 AM