Saturday, September 24, 2005

 

San Antonio notifies alumni about lawsuits


SAN ANTONIO — Central Catholic High School officials are notifying alumni about lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by a former band director at the San Antonio school.

Three suits were filed this week in Pueblo, Colo., and one in St. Louis against the U.S. Province of the Society of Mary, naming former Brother William Mueller, 67, of San Antonio. Mueller worked at Central Catholic from 1971 to 1981.

"We are not aware of any complaints regarding his service here at Central Catholic," Father Joseph Tarrillion, president of the San Antonio school, said in a letter sent Thursday to all who attended Central Catholic between 1971 and 1984.

His one-page letter invites concerned alumni to notify authorities in San Antonio or St. Louis of any allegations of improper behavior by Mueller.

The latest suit was filed Wednesday in Pueblo, Colo., by a 52-year-old man who alleged Mueller masturbated and fondled him on several occasions when the man was a student at the former Roncalli High School. Mueller left Roncalli in 1971.

It was the third lawsuit filed in Pueblo naming Mueller. On Tuesday, a lawsuit listing allegations against Mueller was announced in St. Louis. A 35-year-old man alleged Mueller sexually assaulted him at knifepoint when the man was a high school sophomore.

The Diocese of Pueblo and the Archdiocese of St. Louis are co-defendants in the suits, but Mueller, who left the religious order in 1986, is not.

The Marianists religious order also was listed as a defendant in the suit because Mueller was a member.

Mueller is a 1956 Central Catholic graduate. He taught music at Pueblo's Roncalli High School from 1966 to 1971. He was at St. Louis' St. John Vianney High School from 1962 to 1966 and in 1984-85, province officials said.

Diane Guerra, province communications director, said Mueller voluntarily left the Marianists order.


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