Updated: April 27, 2013 12:04PM
Thirty-two men are suing the group that operates three area Catholic schools for allegedly covering up years of sexual abuse by the priests and brothers who staffed the schools in the ’60s and ’70s, and as recently as 1996.
The three separate suits, all filed Friday in Circuit Court, allege that throughout the 1960s and 1970s the Congregation of Christian Brothers worked to conceal sexual abuse at Brother Rice High School, St. Laurence High School and Leo High School.
“The leaders of … Congregation of Christian Brothers were told that the individuals who sexually abused Plaintiffs had previously sexually abused other children,” the suits state. “But despite that knowledge … defendant Congregation of Christian Brothers allowed them to continue teaching and continued to give them access to students.”
A representative from the Congregation of Christian Brothers could not be reached for comment.