Orchard Lake Schools CEO accused of sexual abuse, retaliation against alleged victims

Posted at 10:39 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 23:20:27-05

WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) — Former employees of Orchard Lake Schools in West Bloomfield Township are accusing the chancellor and CEO of sexual abuse and retaliation against them after they reported it, according to a federal lawsuit.

It was filed in the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of two John Does. They claim Rev. Miroslaw Krol would make repeated sexual advances and become irate if they rejected him.

"They're concerned there's going to be other victims if they don't speak up," said Jennifer Salvatore, an attorney representing the plaintiffs.

Thrun Law Firm P.C., is representing Father Krol and said he denies the allegations in a statement sent to 7 Action News.

"Father Krol unequivocally denies all allegations of wrongdoing and looks forward to being vindicated. He has no other comment at this time," the statement reads.

John Doe 1 was a vice-chancellor of the schools under Krol in 2018 but resigned in 2019, according to court documents.

The lawsuit also alleges John Doe 2 who was also recruited by Krol, and started working for the Polish Mission, which is a part of the SS Cyrill & Methodius Seminary in 2018. He said he was terminated in January after reporting Father Krol for sexually harassing him and abusive conduct to the Board of Regents.

"It's really difficult to come forward and report sexual assault, sexual harassment particularly involving a supervisor," Salvatore said. "Particularly, in a close-knit community like a church and school environment."

The lawsuit also names Orchard Lake Schools as a defendant.

7 Action News reached out to the Detroit Archdiocese for comment and did not immediately hear back on Monday evening.

Read the entire lawsuit below:
Orchard Lake Schools sex abuse complaint by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd