Monday, September 23, 2013

Felicia Mooradian: Grad goes public in prep sex Suit

A former student at a prestigious Queens prep academy who anonymously signed on to a scathing $17 million sex-abuse lawsuit against the school is revealing her identity to The Post after officials there coldly sought a court order demanding her name be made public.

“My goal is to be a brave face for other victims to come forward,” said Felicia Mooradian, a 2009 graduate of St. Francis Preparatory School who claims to have been sexually harassed and bullied at age 14 by a 62-year-old Franciscan brother who taught Spanish there.

“It should be called St. Francis ‘Predatory’ School,” she said. “The Christian thing would be to admit your mistakes, not hide them.”

The 21-year-old Queens native initially signed on as “Jane Doe” to the Brooklyn federal-court lawsuit, which was filed in June and accuses school officials of ignoring decades of complaints by her and other students of sexual and physical abuse by faculty.

Lawyers for the Fresh Meadows school — which is run by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn — argued in court that there are no legal grounds for her to remain anonymous.


NEW YORK

New York Post

By Rich Calder and Lorena Mongelli
September 23, 2013

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