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Marist College involved in further alleged abuse claims

By Skidbladnir 17 December 2007 35

ABC Online
The Australian(greater detail)

Retired Marist College Canberra (1970-1990s) teacher & continuing Marist Brother, Brother John Kosta is expected to be arrested following alleged abuse claims made against him.
There are two other as-yet-unnamed ex-Marist teachers to be investigated also.
These allegations were were raised as part of the ongoing investigation into Paul Lyons (Daramalan and Marist College Canberra teacher) through Jason Parkinson, of Porters Lawyers.

The total number of notifications Porters Lawyers has filed between the two schools of alleged sexual abuse by the four teachers involves 33 male former students, three of whom claim to have been abused at different times by both Lyons and Brother Kosta.

Personal note, not neccessarily the views of The-RiotAct: as an ex-student of Marist Canberra, I [Skidbladnir] will say that by a large and enviable margin, the teachers and staff at Marist are the finest set of teachers I put up with throughout my formative years (sample size:three different highschools, seven years in total, at least 9 subject tutorial teachers per year, a great many other non-tutorial support teachers and staff), and incidents such as this do not reflect on the school as whole.
That said, the incidence of -four- alleged abusers and unknown counts of sexual abuse concerns me, and I can fully understand why the current Headmaster (Mr Richard Sidorko) has called for an inquiry, and has said he will assist in any way he can.

Other than what I can see in the articles above, there has been no further public comment from Mr Sidorko.

Bear in mind that this is an ongoing investigation and these are only allegations at this time. If you know something take it to the relevant people.

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maddie1234 12:19 pm 01 Mar 16

Anyone who was in year 7 1982 please contact me. I am trying to find out vital information about my uncle who has now passed away. Any help is appreciated, thanks

BerraBoy68 10:16 am 01 Mar 08

mccob2005 – thanks for that. I know you guys had a good time and for the most part so did we. I was there from 80-85 and know several of those now taking action. The sad thing is that several teacher that were there until recently, or are still there, must have had some idea about all this or even covered it up. Br. Wade told me personally that some parent blamed their school for their son’s suicide after he had experienced several unfortunate events there… Kostka was as bastard, plain and simple. While caning me once I laughed in his face so he made me turn my had over and he caned my knuckles until the were so swollen I couldn’t write. Luckily I wasn’t abused sexually but I know guys that were. The only hero’s here are these poor men. Remember this… for every old boy that has come forward, several haven’t. What your seeing is the tip of the iceberg. Some have also killed themselves because of all this.

mccob2005 6:53 pm 29 Feb 08

Cheers proudmccoldboy! Like you I am shocked to hear the news of what has happened all those years ago – but I can say as can most of my mates who went to marist can that this stuff was foreign to us and ancient history. I had 7 years there and the staff and brothers were terrific. The old boys who are affected need justice and their day in court but what I read in the postings above has no resemblence to my schooling at least the last 9 or so years and like you proudmccoldboy I speak from my experience as an old boy and nothing else. The early years – well I’ll leave it up to the blokes who were there.

kenbeauty 8:33 pm 27 Feb 08

Proof that mucking with the way things ought to be results in a bad outcome. For example take a male, put him on a cossack, make him take an oath of celibacy and then put him in a position of responsibility/power with young, vulnerable kids. Is it any wonder these guys go screwy in the head and start messing around with young kids in ways that are unforgivable? But then perhaps not in their eyes – I guess all they have to do is pray for forgiveness, repent etc etc and all is well – pity it’s not that easy for poor guys who suffered at the hands of these freaks. I point the finger at not only the weird religious practices (celibacy), but also the executive staff of Marist who knowingly allowed this to happen for such a long period of time.

kenbeauty 8:33 pm 27 Feb 08

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Skidbladnir 1:53 pm 25 Feb 08

From this 550-word article http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23270351-421,00.html headlined “Lawsuit alleges decades of pedophilia” in relation to the civil case being levelled at Marist College Canberra:

1)
There are five different teachers currently being mentioned in the lawsuit. It does not mention if they were lay staff or Brothers.

2)
There were ’several dozen’ complainants (not ’several dozen complaints’), over a period from 1970 to 1993.
Considering the school opened in 1968, this is pretty early on for problems to have gone unaddressed until now.

3)
Jason Parkinson (who has posted here previously) claims it may be the largest paedophile case in Australian history.

4)
Porters Lawyers allege that Brother Kostka was only the last of five brothers and lay teachers to abuse boys at the college.

5)
Porters allege there was what seems to be a major breach of duty of care whle on an overseas trip in the 70s.

6)
Porters have claimed that the school ignored a complaint from parents against another lay teacher (the article indicates this was not Paul Lyons) involving sexual contact with students, and later this staff member went on to abuse further students in their care at a camp.

It continues on to make several other claims, quite awful and terrible.

For those who were thinking this was merely a few small incidents centered on one or two staff, ensure your seatbelt is secure, and any emotional baggage is safely stowed, turbulence approaches.

Anyone want to do their Facebooky thing again and draw attention to RiotACT?

Again, if anyone wants to contact Jason Parkinson, http://www.porterslawyers.com.au or lawyers@porterslawyers.com.au (for the civil case) or http://www.afp.gov.au/contact.html (for criminal charges)

Interesting times are ahead.

martha 11:49 pm 24 Feb 08

Well, Well, Well ! AS THE SAYING SAYS: EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY.!! AND THE DAY HAS COME FOR THE BROTHER KOSTA TO PAY HIS DUES. IVE ONLY RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT ”MY BROTHER WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY BROTHER KOSTA WHILST IN MARIST COLLEGE IN THE 1980’S AND I AM UTTERLY DISGUSTED.
I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO IMAGINE WHAT MY BROTHER HAD ENDURED, I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE KIDS I USE TO WONDER WHY MY BROTHER HAD SO MANY BRUISES ON HIS BODY WHEN HE’D COME HOME FROM SCHOOL… AND HE HAD DETENTION QUITE OFTEN AND HAD TO STAY BACK, NOT TO MENTION THE CANE AS WELL !
SADLY, I HAVE THE ANSWERS NOW AS TO WHY MY BROTHER HAS HAD A FEW ‘ISSUES’ IN HIS LIFE, I UNDERSTAND.
SO TO END, I PRAY TO GOD THAT THESE VILE, DISGUSTING, BULLY’S GET MORE THAN WHAT THEY DESERVE…. BURN… IN… HELL BROTHER KOSTA !!!!!!

proudmccoldboy 3:15 pm 21 Feb 08

I’m a relatively recent graduate of the college and have to say that it’s very sad that the good name of the current college has to be besmirched by the terrible evils of past members. The brothers and teachers there today are a really caring group of people and Kostka’s actions have really damaged not only his victims but also the present Marist community, not to mention the Marist brothers who reluctantly are obliged to help him as he has noone else in the world, and it’d be highly unchristian for them to just cut all ties…. As a person who loved their time at Marist I’m hurting, and I know a lot of teachers, students and brothers are the same.

BerraBoy68 7:41 pm 13 Feb 08

E-mail was sent to Old Boys assoc on Weekend asking for their response to the current scandal. To date Ive heard nothing back. Although interestingly, two of the three e-mail addressees I tried for various C’ttee members were invalid!

BerraBoy68 9:58 pm 12 Feb 08

Kostka goes to court on 21 Feb – open to the Public. I’d love to organise a large group of Old Boys to be at the court for Kostka’s arrival.

Any body up for a public show of support for those effected?

BTW: expect another lay teacher from Marist Canberra to be charged very soon. This is from a very reliable source!

clueless70 6:49 pm 06 Feb 08

Dear Jason P

Do you have any interest in the victims of violent physical beatings by teachers at Marist College from the late 1970s to the late 1990s?

aa1990 5:34 pm 06 Feb 08

PS: The book that Frank O’Shea is putting out is the “school sponsored” verion of what life at marist is really like. If anyone writes the “Real Lifes of Marist” story, I will help finance the publication!

aa1990 5:30 pm 06 Feb 08

berraboy68: suggest you or someone else to tell Jason Parkinson to contact all ex-members of the Marist Film and Photography clubs. Jason should also look into files of those film club members that made complaints to Br. Chris Wade and Br. Michael Green in early 1990’s.

you should also work out how to get this treat back onto the front page. Lots more to come on this one!

Just like the bullies at the school, John Chute was able to get away with it because the school and the order (religious) knew about it and did nothing about it and let it carry on for decades. I want to see all of those that should have stopped it put under the same heat lamp as those that carried out the crimes.

Jasonp 5:21 pm 05 Feb 08

I am the solicitor acting for a large number of victims of child sexual abuse perpetrated by brothers and teachers at Marist and Daramalan Colleges from the late 1970’s to the late 1990’s.

I’d like any information that can be given by any victims, or parents of victims, who advised any teachers or headmasters about child sexual abuse occurring at Marist and Daramalan.

Any information will be treated confidentially, and will greatly assist all the victims.

Thank you.
Jason Parkinson
Porters Lawyers

Skidbladnir 1:11 pm 17 Jan 08

Followup:

Formally arrested, charged, and appearing in court this aafternoon (17Jan08).

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