A Benedictine monk has been arrested after police found him hiding in the bushes outside of a female co-worker’s home.
Father John McCusker, OSB, has been charged with second-degree stalking and resisting arrest. His bond was set at $500.
Heights police responded to the 9000 block of Greenridge Drive Feb. 1
for a report of a man looking into the windows of a woman’s home.
Officers located and apprehended Father McCusker, who was hiding in the
bushes near the house.
Father McCusker was a theology teacher at
Saint Louis Priory School. Abbott Gregory Mohrman, OSB, wrote in a
letter to the school community that they have been in communication with
police and are cooperating.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has
removed Father McCusker’s priestly faculties, meaning he is not allowed
to function or represent himself as a priest. He also was removed fromhis roles at the school immediately and is no longer residing on campus, according to Abbott Gregory.
we seek more information, our thoughts and prayers go immediately to
the faculty member and family who have been impacted,” he wrote. “The
monastic community recognizes the serious nature of the offenses for
which Father John has been charged, and offers our deepest apology to
those who have been affected by his actions.”
Father McCusker is a 2002 graduate of Saint Louis Priory School and was ordained to the priesthood in 2015.