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November 21, 2008

The Office of Catholic Education Responds
to Charges Filed Against Technology Assistant at Saint Eleanor School in Collegeville

The Collegeville Police Department came to Saint Eleanor School on Thursday morning, November 13, 2008 requesting that Mr. Vito Granieri come to the station for questioning. No information had been received by the school or the parish prior to the contact by the police. Mr. Granieri was immediately placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. Upon learning of the investigation, the school was fully cooperative. Just today we learned of the charges filed by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Mr. Granieri has worked part-time with the Saint Eleanor School technology program since 2004. He also assisted with the lunch program along with other staff and parents. Saint Eleanor School has on file all required state police and child abuse clearances for Mr. Granieri and he had participated in the Archdiocesan Safe Environment training. His contract with the school has been terminated and he will not be hired at any school in the Archdiocese.

Ms. Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Catholic Education said, "As educators who place the well-being of children at the forefront day in and day out this is a truly devastating situation. We are very upset to learn of these charges and pledge that we will continue to cooperate fully with authorities. The pastor and principal are communicating with school families today to ensure that parents are kept informed. In a communication sent today, the school assures parents that we have been and will continue to be vigilant in safeguarding the children entrusted to our care."

Saint Eleanor Parish School in Collegeville, Montgomery County is one of 182 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This school and all of the schools of the Archdiocese are dedicated to improving efforts to protect young people.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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