At least 20 Jesuit priests with a history of sexual misconduct were sent to live on a college campus

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  • Father James Poole, a priest in Nome, Alaska, was serial sexual predator, who abused at least 20 women and girls, according to court documents. 
  • In response to his serial abuse, he was sent to live out his retirement years on Gonzaga University’s campus in Spokane, Washington.
  • And he isn’t the only one: For three decades, Cardinal Bea House on Gonzaga’s campus has served as a retirement home for at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of sexual misconduct.
  • Documents show a longstanding pattern of Jesuit officials in the an area including Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska, privately acknowledging inappropriate sexual behavior, but not releasing that information to the public.

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On the surface, Father James Poole seemed like the cool priest in Nome, Alaska. He founded a Catholic mission radio station that broadcast his Jesuit sermons alongside contemporary pop hits. A 1978 story in People magazine called Poole “Western Alaska’s Hippest DJ . Comin’ at Ya with Rock’n’Roll ‘n’ Religion.”

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