Priest removed after accusations of abuse at Vianney High School has died

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Michael D. Sorkin 314-340-83470

The Rev. Robert Osborne, former president of the all-boys St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, has died. The school removed him from office in 2006, after he was accused of sexually abusing students.

He was 81 and died Sunday (April 27, 2014) in Cupertino, Calif., at a health care facility for senior members of The Society of Mary (Marianists.) The cause of death was not immediately released. His death was confirmed by the Marianist Province of the United States.

In February, 2006, the Rev. Osborne temporarily stepped down as president of Vianney after a lawsuit accused him of having “sexually, physically and emotionally abused” a student. When another accusation followed, the school removed him permanently.

The Rev. Osborne consistently denied the accusations. A criminal investigation by the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office ended with no criminal charges.

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