Shattuck-St. Mary's sex scandal: Third former teacher accused of abusing student

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Joseph Machlitt (left) is accused of having oral sex with a 14-year-old Shattuck student in 1980.
Last month, two former teachers at Shattuck-St. Mary's boarding school in Faribault were accused of sexually assaulting students -- Lynn Phillip Seibel and the late Len Jones.

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Those revelations apparently prompted former Shattuck student "JJ" to come forward on October 9 with accusations that art and photography teacher Joseph Machlitt sexually abused him in the summer of 1980. JJ was 14 years old at the time.

From Rice County court documents:

The charging document goes on to say that "JJ did not tell anyone about the abuse until he was 29... He [has] told several therapists."

During a subsequent interview with investigators, Machlitt confirmed he had a sexual relationship with JJ that summer. He left Faribault to take a job in New Hampshire before the next school year began.

As the Faribault Daily News reports, all of the recent sexual abuse allegations involve incidents that "happened on S-SM grounds -- either in a closed classroom setting or in the dormitories."

Last month, we spoke with attorney Gregg Myers of Jeff Anderson & Associates, a law firm known for litigating sexual abuse cases. Myers said the abuse allegations at Shattuck are "discouragingly similar to cases like Penn State."

"The situation [wasn't] handled correctly and people go on to have healthy careers as pedophiles that they should not have," he added.

Machlitt, now 63 and a St. Paul resident, faces two felony charges of criminal sexual conduct, including a 'criminal sexual conduct involving penetration' charge that could land him in prison for up to 10 years.

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Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or may have been harmed by Joseph Machlitt, Lynn Phillip Seibel and/or Len Jones, will find the courage and strength to speak up and contact police, no matter how long ago the abuse happened.. Keep in mind that child predators rarely have only one victim and some have many.  And your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.


Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511., "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc."


If prosecutors can charge for crimes supposedly committed in 1980, then there seems no valid reason that more priests are not being prosecuted.

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