Gregory J. Sutton

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NameGregory SuttonMarist Brother
Date of Birth03/19/1951 
Date of OrdinationUnknown 
Association with LUC1990-1991 
Position at LUCGraduate student 
Date of incident, Location of Incident1976-1987Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Number of victims/accusationsAt least 15 victims 
Case statusPled guilty to charges of child sexual abuse 
Status of IndividualIncarcerated for 12 years1996-2008

Brother Gregory Sutton, who came to Loyola University Chicago in 1990, was not a Jesuit, but a Marist Brother, originally from Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. There, Brother Gregory had taught at a Catholic high school. Sutton came to Loyola to earn a Master’s degree in organizational development. While at the university, Australian authorities issued warrants for his arrest for a large number of incidents of child sexual abuse. After years of international legal wrangling, Sutton was eventually arrested by federal authorities in Missouri, where he had taken up the position of principal with a K-8 school in Florissant. He was extradited to Australia in 1995, where he stood trial. Sutton pled guilty to 67 charges against fifteen children he abused between the years of 1976 and 1987. However no further allegations were raised against him from his time in the United States. Sutton was reportedly tipped off by his Marist superiors that the Australian police were investigating allegations of child sexual abuse against him, and on the advice of his superior flew to Canada to undergo therapy at a center treating priests for addiction and psychological problems.[1] It is unlikely that the Jesuits at Loyola University Chicago had any knowledge of the investigations against Sutton in Australia at the time that he was pursuing a graduate degree in Chicago.

[1] “Marist Sex Abuser Gregory Sutton May Have Been Tipped Off, Inquiry Hears, by Helen Davidson, The Guardian, August 7, 2014,” accessed March 10, 2022,