Suit Alleges Failure to Report Abuse

By Kathryn Marchocki
Union Leader (Manchester NH)
April 2, 2003

A former religious brother who taught at Nashua's Bishop Guertin High School in the 1970s is accused of walking in on another brother while he was sexually abusing a student, then leaving the room without reporting the incident.

John Paul Monat, 58, of Cripple Creek, Colo., is being sued by the former student for negligence and failure to report sexual abuse in a civil claim filed yesterday by his attorney, Peter E. Hutchins.

Monat taught at the private Catholic school from 1971 to 1975 and is a former member of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, the religious order that owns the school, Hutchins said.

Hutchins represents Jeffrey L. Linton, 43, of Alton, Va., who says the late Brother Roger Argencourt abused him 20 to 40 times while he was a student at the school in 1974.

Argencourt admitted to Nashua police that he abused Linton, the suit says.

An attempt to contact Monat for comment last night was unsuccessful.

Linton last April filed suit against Argencourt, the school and the religious order.


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