MAF is committed to honoring the dignity of every person and creating an environment where all staff and volunteers can thrive without threat of abuse or harassment of any kind.
An independent investigation has confirmed the accounts of two women regarding serious sexual misconduct by former MAF employee, Jonathan Santhouse. Mr. Santhouse was not a senior leader in our organization and departed MAF over two years prior to the reports being made.
MAF started an internal investigation when the first report was made in November of 2021. Shortly after the first woman came forward, in December 2021, our internal investigation identified a second woman who reported a similar experience with Mr. Santhouse. At the time, MAF encouraged and supported the women to report their experiences to the police. We paused our internal investigation at the request of law enforcement and resumed it after they allowed us to proceed.
We then engaged the law firm Castañeda + Heidelman LLP to conduct an independent investigation and make recommendations for MAF’s response. The investigation made three main findings. First, it found that Santhouse engaged in sexual misconduct with the two young women during the time that he worked at MAF and afterward. Second, while the investigation did not identify any additional victims, it did identify conduct by Santhouse that could be considered grooming behavior with other young women both before and after he worked for MAF. Finally, the investigation found that MAF had organizational gaps relating to its processes, supervision, and training that Santhouse exploited.
The full report from Castañeda + Heidelman LLP, can be found at this link below: