Former Prince George Catholic high school student alleges sexual abuse by teacher in ’90s
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A former student at O’Grady Catholic High School in Prince George has filed a civil suit alleging sexual abuse in the early 1990s by a teacher who was a Christian brother.
The student, now in his mid-40s and a medical technologist in Victoria, is named only as John Doe in the suit filed Aug. 16 in B.C. Supreme Court in Prince George.
The student’s alleged abuser is named in the court filing but Postmedia News is choosing not to publish his name as there has been no response in court to the allegations.
The student says in the civil claim that the teacher, a non-ordained member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, told him he had been at Mount Cashel in Newfoundland and at St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby before coming to O’Grady. Mount Cashel was an orphanage that was operated by Christian brothers that was closed in 1990 following a scandal regarding abuse of children.
O’Grady high school in Prince George closed in 2001 because of declining enrolment and financial concerns.
Also named in the civil suit are the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince George, bishop emeritus Gerald Wiesner, the Catholic Independent Schools Diocese of Prince George, O’Grady Catholic High School, St. Thomas More Collegiate Ltd., the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver, the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archbishop and the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of St. John’s.