WATCH: Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Former Cleveland High School Chaplain Deemed Credible

An allegation of sexual abuse against a deceased Jesuit priest and former Saint Ignatius High School chaplain has been deemed to be credible, according to a letter sent to alumni by the school’s president.

The accusations involve the Rev. Frank Canfield, who worked at Ignatius from 2006-14 and died last year at the age of 87. The Rev. Raymond P. Guiao, the school’s president and chief mission officer, says an alumnus first reported the allegations to him this past December and claimed the abuse occurred during the 2011-12 academic year.

Guiao writes he encouraged the man to contact the Jesuit Order’s Midwest Province, which began conducting an investigation. That inquiry wrapped up in March, and the province “deemed the allegation to be credible, meaning there is reasonable certainty that it occurred.”

“The safety and well-being of our students are among our highest priorities and most sacred obligations, and we are deeply saddened to learn of sexual abuse that occurred at Saint Ignatius High School,” Guiao said in the letter to alumni from the classes of 2007-17, which was made public in the interest of “honesty and transparency.” “We cooperated with investigators with full transparency. I reached out to the individual involved to offer him pastoral counsel and to express my most sincere apologies on behalf of the school.”

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