Marist boss unaware of abuse complaints

Sydney Morning Herald

June 30, 2014

Annette Blackwell

The Marist Brothers had received at least 48 complaints of abuse by a brother before he was jailed, an inquiry has been told.

Some of them dated back to the 1950s, but the man who held the order’s top job in the late 1980s, and was in charge of the office dealing with abuse victims until 2012, has told the inquiry he didn’t know John Chute, also known as Brother Kosta, had a history of complaints against him until 1993.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is continuing to investigate the order’s handling of allegations against two brothers, Chute and Gregory Sutton. Both have been jailed for multiple offences against children.

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