Following a week of speculation and rampant rumors, the termination of Matt Lindsay as football coach and athletic director at Bishop Luers High School received some clarity late Wednesday.
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend issued a statement that explained why the educator was let go on Sunday after initially taking a leave of absence last Thursday.
“I know that this matter has been the subject of much speculation in the media and in the community,” Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades said in a release. “Because of the concerns of all involved, we have tried to proceed carefully and honestly, though under intense public pressure.”
The statement explained that the Diocese learned of “inappropriate video clips, none involving nudity,” were discovered on Lindsay's computer on Sept. 12 and the following day Lindsay was placed on administrative leave by Bishop Luers principal Mary Keefer.
Luers and diocesan officials conducted an internal investigation and Lindsay's employment after 33 years with his alma mater was terminated on Sunday.
“The only thing I can say is that the 33 years I spent at Luers have been awesome,” Lindsay told The News-Sentinel shortly after being fired. “I love the people and I wish them all the best. It's been a great ride.”
In the statement, Bishop Rhoades explained that in accord with diocesan policy, the matter was also reported to law enforcement officials in the Fort Wayne area for their investigation and evaluation. Additionally, evidence obtained last week by school officials was turned over to local law enforcement.
At this time, the diocese does not know if the actions of Lindsay would constitute a criminal offense according to the statement.
“My primary concern is the welfare of our students, the community of Bishop Luers High School, and the integrity of our actions,” Bishop Rhoades said.
The statement continued to read that according to the judgment (of the school and the diocese), the apparent surreptitious taking of video clips of students and other persons of the type taken by Lindsay constituted a violation of our ethical standards and policies, and thus mandated the immediate dismissal of him.
“This whole affair has caused turmoil for many people,” Bishop Rhoades said. “I ask for your prayers for the Bishop Luers community and for all involved in this very sad affair.”