Priest for Cornell and Ithaca College being investigated for sexual abuse claim

A priest who has served at both Ithaca College and Cornell University has been temporarily suspended after an allegation surfaced this weekend that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s.

Cornell University and Ithaca College sent out messages to their campus communities Sunday morning stating that Rev. Carsten Martensen has been temporarily suspended by the USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits while an investigation is conducted. On Sunday, Ithaca College said it “recently received notice of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against the Reverend Carsten Martensen, dating from the 1970s.”

“I know that those within our Catholic community as well as the wider Ithaca College community will find this news upsetting and difficult to process,” Hierald Osorto, director of the office of religious and spiritual life at Ithaca College said in a message to the campus community.

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