She Claimed A Fellow Theologian Sexually Assaulted Her In 1987. An Independent Investigation Determined Her Claims Were False.

She Claimed A Fellow Theologian Sexually Assaulted Her In 1987. An Independent Investigation Determined Her Claims Were False.


A Boston College theology professor was cleared of wrongdoing after an investigator hired by the college determined the sexual assault allegations against him were “not only not credible but are also false.”

Starting on January 23, 2021, theologian Laura Grimes began posting YouTube videos accusing professor Richard Gaillardetz, who chairs the Boston College theology department, of sexually assaulting her in 1987 on Halloween and in December of that year. At the time of the alleged assaults, the two were students in the Notre Dame theology doctoral program.

Patch reported that “College officials said the university had not received any complaint of sexual misconduct against Gaillardetz during his 10 years at Boston College, nor has Grimes brought her allegation from 1987 to Boston College.”

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Despite this, the college hired DeMoura Smith LLP, a law firm based in Wakefield, Massachusetts, to conduct an independent investigation into Grimes’ claims. Patch reported that Boston College did not release the full report, but the law firm concluded:

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