Former CJ students asked to report any abuse by ex-teacher

Dayton Daily News

April 20, 2019

By Will Garbe and Josh Sweigart

Former Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School students have been asked to contact authorities if they were abused by an ex-teacher who worked at the school during the late 1970s, according to a letter from the religious order that sponsors the school.

Former Bro. Paul Botty was convicted in 1986 of abusing students at a Cleveland school, according to the April 16 letter mailed to the Chaminade Julienne classes of 1978-1981. The crimes are not connected to his service at the Dayton school.The letter comes as the Marianist Province of the United States reviews its files on those accused of sexual abuse. Following a request from the Dayton Daily News, the order said last month that it is “actively reviewing the decision to release names” of accused members.

An ongoing Dayton Daily News investigation into conduct by Marianist leaders who handled sexual abuse claims over the past several decades will publish in coming weeks.The newspaper asked the Marianists for information about Botty after finding photos of him in a CJ yearbook from the 1977-1978 academic year. Botty became a Marianist two years later.“Current school administration only recently learned from the Marianist Province that the Mr. Botty pictured in the school’s 1978 yearbook was the same person convicted and imprisoned as a Marianist brother for crimes committed more than 35 years ago and not connected to his service at CJ,” said Daniel Meixner, Chaminade Julienne president, in a statement.

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