November 04, 2005

Former Teacher: I Never Had Sexual Contact


POSTED: 9:01 am MST November 4, 2005

PUEBLO, Colo. -- The Catholic Church and a religious order were hit with a new barrage of sex-assault allegations Thursday after five men filed suit alleging they were molested three decades ago by a Catholic school teacher and that church officials failed to protect them.

The lawsuits bring to eight the number of claims against the Diocese of Pueblo and The Marianist Province of the United States alleging that William Mueller sexually abused students at the now-closed Roncalli High School.

Mueller is not named as a defendant in the suits. He is a former member of the order and was once band director at the school.

In a statement released by Diane Guerra, communications director for Marianists in St. Louis, Mueller said: "I have never had sexual contact with a student at any school I have been at."

Posted by kshaw at November 4, 2005 09:04 PM