Royal commission into child sexual abuse: John Kostka Chute remains a Catholic Brother despite abuse conviction

ABC News

By Ben Worsley

A Marist Brother who was sentenced to six years’ jail for abusing boys and girls is still a Brother in the Catholic order, a royal commission has heard.

John Kostka Chute was convicted in 2009 of 19 sex offences involving six children, most involving his time teaching at Marist College in Canberra.

The former head of the Marist order, Alexis Turton, is on the stand at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for a third day.

Peter O’Brien, the lawyer for one of Chute’s victims, asked Brother Turton about Chute’s current status within the order.
Mr O’Brien: “Kostka Chute is still a Brother with the Marist order?”
Brother Turton: “Yes.”
Mr O’Brien: “Having spent six years of a term of imprisonment for molesting children under his care, he’s still a Brother in the Marist Brother order?”
Brother Turton: “Yes.”

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