Paedophile Brother Kostka remains a Marist brother

Sydney Morning Herald

June 30, 2014

A man jailed for six years for abusing children is still a member of the Marist Brothers, a hearing in Sydney has been told.

Brother Alexis Turton, the former head of the order in Australia and head of their professional standards office until 2012, said that John Chute, known as Brother Kostka, was still a member, at Monday’s hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Peter O’Brien, the solicitor representing Damian De Marco, who was assaulted by Chute when he was a student at Marist College in Canberra, asked Brother Turton, if he was aware of any moves to “defrock [Chute] as a brother”.

Brother Turton said he had no knowledge if moves were afoot to remove Chute from the brotherhood.

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