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Third accusation adds to federal investigation

By Ed Morley
On February 21, 2012

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will further investigate

Xavier University about the sexual assault cases involving Sean Marron.

The investigation will attempt to ascertain whether Xavier

University violated Title IX and if the handling of sexual assault is an individual problem or an institutional


Caitlin Pinciotti, a former Xavier student, is one of two victims who have filed complaints to the OCR after she was allegedly assaulted by Marron in November 2008.

Marron was mandated with a one-semester suspension after the hearing in March, but he was allowed to complete the spring semester. In March 2009, after Xavier University had issued the sanction but before the suspension had come into effect, Marron allegedly sexually assaulted another girl, Kalyn Burgio. Both Pinciotti and Burgio

pressed criminal charges against the accused. Hamilton County Court found Marron not guilty in October 2011.

"The judge found him not guilty because of personal biases which were extremely evident from the moment I took the stand," Pinciotti said about the Marron trial. "To me, that is not justice and not the truth." Burgio then filed a complaint to the OCR about the way Xavier University handled the proceedings and, since then, numerous

staff have been reassigned internally. Pinciotti has also brought forward her complaint to the OCR about the way that the University handled the case; she highlighted

that Marron's suspension was too weak of a punishment and that Marron should not have been allowed to finish

the semester. "Xavier needs to step out of the Catholic tradition of sweeping things under the rug and realize

that it is not a university's responsibility to ‘educate' rapists,"

Pinciotti said. Pinciotti was also very critical of the punishment handed out by former Dean of Students Luther

Smith. "In a letter I wrote to Luther Smith, I warned him that if he allowed Sean to return to Xavier and he raped

again, Luther would only have himself to blame. I wonder how comfortably he sleeps at night now," Pinciotti said.

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