February 22, 2006

Lawsuit Accuses Vianney President Of Sexual Abuse


created: 2/21/2006 3:22:23 PM
updated: 2/22/2006 9:07:56 AM

He has been a fixture in the St. Louis Catholic community for decades. Now Father Robert Osborne, President of St. John Vianney High School, faces allegations of sexual misconduct with a student.

The civil lawsuit has been filed by the alleged victim's father. He says Osborne had an inappropriate relationship with his teenage son during the last three years.

The McMahons have a child at Vianney. They say they don't believe the allegations. Their son Patrick heard the news at a school assembly this afternoon. Patrick McMahon says, "The last person I would have ever expected something like this to happen to. He's the nicest guy. Not capable of it at all."

Patrick's mother Tara McMahon says, "Innocent until proven guilty. I mean, that's what I think. And I think we just need to support him, stand behind him, pray for him. And those of us who know him just have to pray that the truth will come out."

Posted by kshaw at February 22, 2006 09:15 AM