AVE MARIA, Fla. - New details tonight in a sex scandal at Ave Maria University. The catholic school is now speaking out about an alleged relationship between a high-ranking nun, and one of her female students.
Students were informed of the scandal through a mass email sent out on Tuesday. The university says they were informed of the relationship just a week ago, after their presiding Bishop got word.
"Both shock and sadness, almost disbelief," Ave Maria University President Nicholas Healy said in response to the allegations.
Sister Maria Elena was with the university for four years, serving as the highest-ranking sister in charge of guiding women interested in becoming nuns.
"It's sad. It's regrettable that it happened. Certainly, the girl that's involved and the nun are in my prayers," Ave Maria student Greg Colker said Wednesday.
Sister Maria Elena was sent back to Spain in March by her governing body, the Hogar de la Madre Order. Ave Maria University is now up in arms because they were kept in the dark for six months. They've since asked the remainder of the Order to leave campus, as they reach out to other possible victims.
"We have no indication that there were any others. We are asking anyone to come forward who's been harmed in any way," Healy said.
The student involved in the relationship is still enrolled at the university. The four other nuns associated with the Hogar de la Madre Order are being asked to leave campus by the close of the week.
Grief counslers are available to students on campus.