November 08, 2005

'My career is ruined,' suspended teacher says

Press of Atlantic City

By TOM NAMAKO Staff Writer, (856) 794-5115
Published: Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Updated: Tuesday, November 8, 2005

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP-Frank Hudson is waiting, waiting for St. Augustine Prep and law-enforcement officials to conclude investigations into alleged sexual misconduct 30 years ago.

In the meantime, though, he said he's suffering.

"My career is ruined," Hudson, 61, said in the offices of Hudson Associates on Monday, where he is a certified drug and alcohol counselor. He believes the media has already convicted him in the court of public opinion. He's upset that members of the local press are photographing his Vineland home.

Hudson was never charged last year when accusations of abusing a student at St. Mary's Parish in Gloucester City, in 1975, were made. Since statutes of limitations have expired, it's unlikely Hudson could ever be charged for the allegations.

In his office, Hudson stressed that he is innocent until proved guilty.

Thirteen parents who gathered Monday to watch an afternoon football game at the campus of St. Augustine Prep in the Richland section of Buena Vista Township declined to comment or give their names when commenting on the situation. A slight majority expressed support for the school's decision to remove Hudson, while others said the accusations don't jibe with Hudson's role as a trusted counselor at the school.

Posted by kshaw at November 8, 2005 06:18 AM