Veteran Teacher Sued over Teen Sex Case
Gifts, Nude Photos Among Charges
By Charlie Chapple
The Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA]
March 17, 1998
The parents of a teen-age boy who says he was sexually abused by a popular Catholic educator are suing the former priest for damages.
The suit, filed in state court in Covington, seeks an unspecified amount of money from Richard Langenstein, 62, of Mandeville.
Langenstein has pleaded innocent to a charge of indecent behavior with a juvenile in connection with the alleged incidents outlined in the suit.
Langenstein, a retired member of the Christian Brothers order, is tentatively scheduled for trial May. 4. He previously has referred all questions about the case to his attorney, Marion Farmer. Farmer could not be reached for comment Monday.
According to the suit, the 15-year-old was a student at Covington High School during the 1995-96 school year when Langenstein worked as a substitute teacher.
The suit alleges Langenstein "ingratiated himself" with the teen-ager by buying him expensive gifts and alcoholic beverages and giving the boy money. The teacher also allowed the teen-ager use of his BMW convertible, the suit states.
Langenstein gave the gifts because he planned to sexually abuse the teen-ager, the suit says. During the summer of 1996, Langenstein enticed the teen-ager with money and clothing to accompany him on a casino gambling trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the suit states.
On the trip back to St. Tammany Parish, Langenstein parked on a side street and sexually abused the teen, the suit states.
Langenstein also took photographs of the boy's "genitals exposed in a lewd manner at Langenstein's home," the suit states.
The suit was filed Feb. 27 with the parents listed as "John and Jane Doe" and their son as "Child Doe." The suit seeks to have the case tried without revealing the family's identity in court records. No hearing date has been set on the suit, assigned to state Judge Peter Garcia.
Before his retirement in 1990, Langenstein spent 35 years in private education as a high school teacher, counselor, principal and college vice president. He worked at St. Paul's School in Covington and the College of Sante Fe, and was principal at De La Salle High School in New Orleans.
Langenstein moved to Mandeville in 1994 and became a substitute teacher and field-trip chaperone at Covington High School.
He was arrested in September and booked by Mandeville police with indecent behavior with a juvenile.
CORRECTION-DATE: PUBLISHED DATE OF CORRECTION: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 1998
IDENTIFICATIONS ERRED: A story in Tuesday's editions incorrectly identified Richard Langestein of Mandeville. He is a former brother with the Christian Brothers order.
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