Employee told she would “go to hell” for resisting sexual attacks.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Sodomy and brutal spankings in the sacristy of a shrine to St. Francis were part of the job for a single mother who was afraid to resist a contractor with powerful connections in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the woman claims in court.
Jhona Mathews needed a job to support her 3-year-old daughter, and Bill McLaughlin demanded sex as thanks for setting her up as an administrative assistant at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, she claims in Superior Court.
Mathews claims that McLaughlin had an “intimate friendship” with co-defendant Monsignor James Tarantino, formed while the men worked together for two decades at St. Hilary’s Catholic Parish in Tiburon.
At this point – 5 pages into the 50-page lawsuit – the allegations take a turn toward the lurid: “When at Saint Hilary’s in Tiburon, Monsignor Tarantino welcomed defendant McLaughlin into the ‘BNO’ (Boys Night Out) fraternal society. At that time, Monsignor Tarantino gave defendant McLaughlin a wooden sex paddle with the following inscription engraved on the paddle: