Priest at helm of prestigious Regis HS ‘ousted over sexual-misconduct’

59-year-old Rev. Daniel Lahart is to be removed from his position as president at the prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan

59-year-old Rev. Daniel Lahart is to be removed from his position as president at the prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan

A Jesuit priest who is the president of the prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan is being ousted over claims of sexual misconduct.

The private all-boys school which is tuition free and funded through generous contributions from its alumni, which include Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said it will remove  59-year-old Rev. Daniel Lahart from his position at the educational establishment within weeks. 

‘The Board of Trustees has determined, based on the findings of a third party investigator, Fr. Lahart engaged in inappropriate and unwelcome verbal communications and physical conduct, all of a sexual nature, with adult members of the Regis community, including subordinates,’ states a letter sent to parents. 

‘This conduct was non-consensual, and moreover, continued notwithstanding express requests from the affected parties for the conduct to cease.’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who counts himself as one of Regis HS alumni is pictured meeting with New York City's Regis High School students and ousted school's president, Daniel Lahart, in 2019

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who counts himself as one of Regis HS alumni is pictured meeting with New York City’s Regis High School students and ousted school’s president, Daniel Lahart, in 2019

The school, located on the Upper East Side first learned of the allegations at the end of February and publicly announced on its website that Lahart, who had been the school’s president since 2016, had been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation. 

‘We received information regarding the school’s President, Rev. Daniel Lahart, SJ, that raises serious questions about his ability to continue to serve this critical function. Specifically, we learned of allegations that Fr. Lahart may have behaved inappropriately in his interactions with certain adult members of our community. Importantly, these allegations do not in any way concern students, past or present,’ wrote the Board of Trustees Chair Anthony DiNovi.

A third-party investigative firm, T&M USA, has since conducted ‘a thorough investigation’ which determined that Lahart had acted inappropriately.

The private all-boys school located on Manhattan's Upper East Side is tuition free and funded through generous contributions from its alumni

The private all-boys school located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is tuition free and funded through generous contributions from its alumni

The board has stated that it would not be revealing any details about the allegations ‘in order to protect the privacy of the individuals involved.’

‘We assure you that the investigation was conducted with a commitment to due process,’ a letter seen by the New York Post states. 

‘Please know the Board did not come to its decision lightly and took seriously its obligation to act with transparency, integrity, and compassion in service of our community, both with respect to Fr. Lahart and to those members of our community who were harmed by his conduct.’ 

 Lahart declined to be involved in the investigation. 

Although Lahart has been on administrative leave since the allegations surfaced in February, he will finally be removed from his post on April 21st. 

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