January 07, 2005

California sex-abuse claims haunt Adrian College choir director

ADRIAN (OH)
Toledo Blade

By ROBIN ERB
BLADE STAFF WRITER

ADRIAN - Thomas Hodgman's past, including sexual misconduct allegations he now insists are "bogus," has returned.

A California woman, who accused Mr. Hodgman of raping her years ago while he was a choir director at her high school, wants to know why he is now choir director at Adrian College.

Last month, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, California, agreed to pay out $100 million to settle sexual misconduct lawsuits filed against 44 priests, nuns, and lay personnel - including Mr. Hodgman.

"Until I know that he is held fully accountable to the law, until I know that any child within any distance of him is safe, and until I know that any employer has a full accounting of what he did Well, then perhaps I will stop," said Joelle Casteix, who accuses Mr. Hodgman of raping her at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. The diocese oversees the school.

Posted by kshaw at January 7, 2005 05:39 AM