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Investigation finds allegations against BC theology chair, ND alum not credible

| Wednesday, April 7, 2021

An independent investigation into sexual assault claims made by Notre Dame alumna Laura Grimes ‘04 against Richard Gaillardetz ‘91, current Boston College theology department chair, concluded Grimes’ allegations “are not only not credible but are also false,” The Heights reported Monday.

The investigation was done by DeMoura Smith LLP, who was hired by Boston College.

Gaillardetz said in an email to the Observer that Grimes’ allegations have caused “a deeply unjust burden of suffering” to him and his family. 

“I recognize that a person who has been grievously wronged has a right to tell their own story and to be heard with empathy and care. At the same time, a person who is accused of serious wrongdoing also has a basic right to fairness,” Gaillardetz said. 

Grimes, who came forward in January with the allegations, did not immediately respond to the Observer’s request for comment. 

Gaillardetz will return to his position as theology department chair April 28.

This report will be updated when more information is known. 

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