March 6, 2003


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Associated Press Writer

March 5, 2003, 6:42 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. — The University of Notre Dame has apologized to a former student who says a priest had sexual contact with him in the 1970s.

Mark Fuller, 47, of Little Falls, N.Y., said a priest who was his counselor made sexual contact with him when he was a 19-year-old at the university. The priest, from the Erie County, Pa., Roman Catholic Diocese, temporarily worked at Notre Dame, a university official said. Fuller wouldn’t identify the priest, but said he no longer is in active ministry.

“We feel very bad about this,” said the Rev. Richard Warner, counselor to the president and director of campus ministry at the South Bend, Ind., university. “We feel even worse because … he’s lived with it quietly for all those years and has had to seek out counseling. It wasn’t brought to our attention until almost a year ago.”
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