Abuse survivors group will rally at Central Catholic


By Jill Harmacinski jharmacinski@eagletribune.com

LAWRENCE — An international group that supports sexual abuse survivors plans to rally in front of Central Catholic High School next week after an administrator was accused of drugging and raping a student in 2006.

Andrew Nikonchuk, 36, of Lowell was fired Tuesday for violating “the school’s policies pertaining to appropriate social boundaries between students and faculty.”

The former Central Catholic director of curriculum and instruction was fired Tuesday after the former student, a male who graduated in 2008, reported the incident to authorities on April 20. The Middlesex County district attorney is investigating the allegations. To this point, no criminal charges have been filed.

Dr. Robert Hoatson, the leader of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit, sexual abuse recovery organization based in Livingston, New Jersey, said he received phone calls about the Central Catholic situation from other sexual abuse survivors living in the Merrimack Valley.

Hoatson said a demonstration is planned at Central Catholic at 11 a.m. Monday.

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