Registered Church Sex Offender

Database Linda Baisi
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Offender Name: Linda Baisi
Type: Nun
Status: Settled
Known Years of Abuse: 1987–1992
Affiliated Churches: -
Affiliated Schools:
Diocese: New York, NY
Arrest Date: -
Employee: Unknown

Notes on the offender

In 1987, ex-nun Linda Baisi was a teacher at St. Frances deChantal School in the Bronx when she began to molest a 12-year-old boy. The abuse, which included weekly oral sex, continued for five years, which left the boy addicted to alcohol and drugs and needing psychiatric care. In 1995, the boy disclosed the abuse to a counselor, who reported it to authorities. On February 8, 1996, the accuser, Brian O'Rourke, filed a $150 million lawsuit against Baisi, the parish, the school and the archdiocese. As the lawsuit went to trial, Baisi was put on indefinite leave of absence from the school. Baisi confessed the abuse in secretly taped conversations with O'Rourke. The transcripts also revealed that Baisi threatened to commit suicide if the affair ever became public. This was considered by her attorney and the judge to be an admission of guilt. In September 2000, O’Rourke settled for an undisclosed amount.


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