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Former Marist College teacher charged

By Cameron 17 January 2008 122

Following on from a story a while back alluding to the possibility of former marist people being charged, the ABC are reporting that former teacher John Kostka (also known as John Chute) is being charged with 18 counts of “acts of indecency”.

Allegedly Mr Kostka indecently assaulted seven young men aged between 13 and 15 throughout the 1980’s.

He’s in court this afternoon.

ABC story is here.

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lukewagner1958 12:41 pm 10 Mar 09

BACKGROUND: Kostka worked at over 20 schools during his so called teaching ” career.

He was “Moved On” from Marist Brothers in Lismore NSW Late 1960s. I was a student at the Lismore school at the time and this became common knowledge amongst the students.

Incredibly this was at the insistence of the father of a boy he molested. Even more incredible is that the father was a Lismore Police officer………………………

MY POINT: It is impossible to believe that the schools in Kostkas path of destruction were not privy to his previous postings………………. His pedigree.

BerraBoy68 8:11 am 03 Jan 09

hithere said :


I happened to notice a post on this site by Howdy which sparked my interested querying whether “My Lyons” was the same one that went to Wanniassa and had an “incident” with a female student there. Believe it or not I was that student, I was his victim and whilst I did seek his company at the time I sought his company as a trusted teacher and supporter and came to think of him like a father. I even called him dad. I started going over to his house on a regular basis and he began touching me and doing things to me and in fact we did pretty much everything but have sex and I loved him. However, I was 12 years old and in NO WAY did would I have allowed this to happen if I knew it was wrong. I was emotionally manipulated and taken advantage of. No sexual abuse victim is a willing victim. They reason why it is called sexual abuse is because a child is too young to make up their mind… no matter what they might think. It still hurts to this day. I find it hard to think of him as a bad person ad I still want to believe he loved me. But I have had problems with sex ever since and many emotional problems too because of what happened to me. Kids at school bullied me and the school provided me with no support at all. One thing I certainly hope has changed since I was at school is that I hope victims of sexual abuse are no longer ridiculed because of it, that the actions of pedophiles are taken more seriously and no one who is sexually abused is ever ever seen as a “willing participant” cause there is no such thing.

HI Hithere. to answer your question, No… it’s not the same Mr Lyons. The Lyons from Marist was gay and only abused boys. You are right in your comments on sexual abuse victims and I appreciate your courage in speaking up on this forum. Have you seen a counselor? If not I can recommend a very good one with experience in working with sexual abuse victims. If you are interested contact me at


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