Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Seminary Dean Jack C. Knight

By | April 9, 2022
Episcopal seminary Dean Jack C. Knight
Episcopal seminary Dean Jack C. Knight

Episcopal seminary Dean Jack C. Knight

Episcopal seminary Dean Jack C. Knight

Episcopal seminary Dean Jack C. Knight

Episcopal seminary Dean Jack C. Knight was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. Knight graduated from Nashotah House and was its dean from 1985 to 1992. Police documents in 1993 and 1994 from an investigation into child sexual abuse at the seminary during his deanship recorded a prevalent culture of faculty-student relationships, homosexual and heterosexual student relationships, extensive circulation of pornography among seminarians, and use of alcohol and drugs supplied by adults to minors. Knight dismissed the criminal charges that led to three seminarians’ prison sentences by saying that no offenses could have taken place because children were not allowed in seminary’ dormitories. In 1994 Dean Knight admitted that he was aware of complaints about the sexually inappropriate behavior of Hershel Eugene Maxey at the seminary, but allowed him to proceed to ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany in 1989. Maxey was sentenced to 20 years for second-degree sexual assault of five children at Nashotah House and in his parishes both before and after ordination.

In 1994 a Colorado diocesan court of inquiry brought a six count indictment against Knight stemming from charges by two women during his service as vicar of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. One incident involved explicit sexual conversations about masturbation with a woman who went to Knight for pre-marital counseling. The other woman’s complaint was not made public. Knight was found guilty of all charges, suspended from the priesthood for five years in 1995 and died in 1998. His headstone at Nashotah House says he was A MISSIONARY & BUILDER FOR CHRIST.
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