Sr. Linda Baisi – Archdiocese of New York

| Jul 8, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Sr. Linda Baisi

Archdiocese of New York

Vows: 1970s

Left Order: 1979

Dismissed: 1996

Assignment History:

  • 1986-1996: St. Frances de Chantal Church (Throgs Neck, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Sister Linda Baisi:

In a 1996 lawsuit, a former student accused Sr. Linda Baisi of sexually abusing him at the St. Frances de Chantal parish school, starting in 1987 when he was 12 years old. He claims the abuse went on for five years.

A former nun, Baisi, left her order in 1979 to begin teaching at St. Francis de Chantal. The school was staffed by the Sisters of Divine Compassion. There, she became the director of religious education and was the principal in 1996 when the lawsuit was filed.

According to the lawsuit, the victim was first lured into performing sexual acts with Baisi when he was 12. Baisi allegedly showered her student with gifts and cash and even did his homework to ensure his silence during their affair, which lasted until he was 17 years old. Baisi admitted to the abuse in taped conversations with the survivor.

Baisi was named as the defendant, but she did not appear in court, and she did not contest the civil suit. Thus, the judge told the jury that Baisi had effectively admitted to the charges of sexual assault and battery. According to media reports, the victim agreed to the settlement of his lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and his old parish school in 2000.

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed in 1996, Baisi was dismissed from her position as Principal of St. Frances de Chantal parish school. As of 2000, Baisi was reportedly living outside of New York and no longer teaching. There is no information available regarding her current whereabouts or whether she has access to children.

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