Suit filed against Marianists, claiming sexual abuse by Chaminade teac

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY JENNIFER MANN • > 314-621-5804

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A former Marianist cleric at the Chaminade College Preparatory School was so well-known for his inappropriate behavior toward showering students that they had a name for it: the “Meinhardt treatment,” according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Rev. Louis Meinhardt, a teacher and coach at the Creve Coeur prep school from 1958 to 1982, would allegedly watch juvenile boys shower and grab their genitals, earning several nicknames including “the kissing coach.” He also, according to the suit, used common catch phrases including “come here and give me loving” and “let me pat you on the bo-bo.”

Earlier this month, the leader of the Marianists, Rev. Martin Solma, revealed that more than a dozen former students had come forward with decades-old allegations of verbal and sexual abuse by Meinhardt and another former cleric, Rev. John Woulfe, who was at the school for nine years ending in 1977. Both are now deceased.

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