Another Man Says Ex-Loyola Priest Abused Him

Rev. Larry Reuter was head of Loyola Academy from 1975-1990

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    A second victim has come forward alleging he was abused by a former Loyola Academy president while he was head of the North Shore high school.

    The accusation comes a day after the Chicago and Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus claimed they removed Rev. Larry Reuter from active ministry.  Included in a review of Reuter's personnel files was his admission that he "engaged in an inappropriate relationship" with an 18-year-old while he was president of Loyola Academy between 1975 and 1990.

    No other details, including the gender of the victim, were released. The Wilmette-based Loyola was an all boys school until it became co-ed in 1994

    The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) issued a statement in response to a second victim coming forward, alleging the Jesuits hid Reuter's misconduct.

    "Our hearts ache for this latest victim, especially because he apparently suffered for years in silence and confusion, while Jesuits hid Reuter's sexual misdeeds," the statement said. "This young man would likely be much further down the long road to recovery if only Jesuits to urge victims to contract the very same callous, secretive and reckless institution which, for years, has protected predators instead of students."

    The sentiments echoed those made by SNAP members just hours earlier as they handed out flyers at Loyola University.  A total of four Jesuit priests now accused of abuse, including some in prison, have worked there and in other Chicago-area positions of influence with young adults and teenagers even after their superiors allegedly had knowledge of their actions.