SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — Two lawsuits were filed against Bellarmine College Prep in connection with the school’s role in enabling alleged sexual abuse in the 1960s and 70s, court documents show.

The person who filed the lawsuit was a 15-year-old student at the San Jose prep school, located at 960 W Hedding St, in the 1969-70 school year, per the lawsuit. He claims he was abused by Brother William “Bill” Farrington, and the abuse was enabled by the school.

According to attorney Mary Bajo, Farrington performed a “hernia check” on the victim every time he visited the infirmary, even if he was in for knee or hand injuries.

“Farrington wasn’t authorized to perform hernia checks,” Bajo said. “To our knowledge, he had no medical training. He certainly was not a licensed doctor or certified nurse. This was a huge red flag that Bellarmine should have seen and put a stop to Farrington’s behavior.”

The lawsuit said the incidents began in December 1969 and went until March 1970. It accuses Farrington of inappropriately touching the victim’s genital area.

The victim suffered physical injuries and “shock and injury to his nervous system,” according to the lawsuit. He claims the abuse caused him physical, mental and nervous pain.

According to Bajo, Farrington’s alleged abusive behavior was an “open secret” in the Jesuit community. He was accused of sexual abuse by another former Bellarmine student in 2012. Bajo claims Farrington later worked at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, where he was again accused of sexual misconduct.

“It turns out Brother Farrington has a long history of sexually assaulting minors,” Bajo said. “In the Bellarmine cases, most of the assaults took place on campus, however, we know that he visited (plaintiff) John Roe once during a hospital stay.”

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The lawsuit also claims that Bellarmine knew of or had reason to believe Farrington’s alleged predatory ways before the victim was abused.

Tracey Primrose, the communications director for the Jesuits West Province, which sponsors Bellarmine, responded to a request to comment for this story.

The Jesuits West Province has a zero-tolerance policy for abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult and stringent procedures in place to ensure their safety. Because of the importance that Jesuits West places on transparency, accountability and safety in ministry, in 2018, the province released the names of all Jesuits who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult since 1950. We encourage anyone who feels they might have been victimized by a Jesuit to contact the province as well as appropriate law enforcement and child-protective agencies. We know that God’s love is a powerful force for reconciliation and healing, and we pray for all victims of abuse.