Victims of Dead Priest Sue Catholic School

Courthouse News Service


CLAYTON, Mo. (CN) – Sexual abuse was so prevalent a Catholic prep school that students had a name for it: the “Meinhardt treatment,” one of the alleged victims claims in St. Louis County Court.

John Doe 116 sued the Marianist Province of the United States, Chaminade College Preparatory school, and Marianists Provincial Martin Solma, in his official capacity.

Doe claims the Rev. Louis Meinhardt would watch young boys shower and grab their genitals.

He claims that Meinhardt, who was a teacher and coach at the upscale private school in west St. Louis County from 1958 to 1982, earned several nicknames, including “the kissing coach” and “Screwie Louie.” Meinhardt repeatedly told students to “come here and give me loving” and “let me pat you on the bo-bo,” according to the complaint.

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