February 24, 2006

School, order deal with allegations against priest

St. Louis Review

by Joseph Kenny, Review Staff Writer

St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood and the Marianists are dealing with allegations of sexual abuse filed against the school’s president.

Marianist Father Robert Osborne has temporarily left the position following a lawsuit filed Feb. 21 by the father of a student against him, the school and the Marianists.

Father Osborne addressed students at an assembly, telling them that the allegations that he improperly touched a teen while he was a student at the school are "completely unfounded."

Larry Keller, principal of the school, will handle the duties of the president while an investigation is completed by Marianist officials.

Diane Guerra, a Marianist spokeswoman, said the order is following its sexual abuse policy. "We would ask anyone to step down temporarily until an investigation is completed," she said.

Posted by kshaw at February 24, 2006 10:57 AM