Br. Louis J. Meinhardt

Order: SM
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Professed vows in 1923 as a Marianist brother, St. Louis Province. Worked in IL, MO, MI, IA, TX. In 9/2011 a former St. Louis Chaminade College Prep student came forward to the Order, alleging sexual abuse in the 1970s by Br. Meinhardt and Br. John Woulfe. Letters were sent to 1,600 school alumni who graduated 1958-1982. At least 15-16 responded with credible allegations of verbal and sexual abuse by the two men. Meinhardt worked at the school 1958-1982. He died in 1990. Original accuser had come forward in 2003 and 2009; others had also come forward before 2011. Civil suit filed 2/23/2012. Another suit filed in 12/2015. Included on the Marianists’ 6/24/2020 list of accused. On the Diocese of Belleville’s list 9/20/2022. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General’s Report.

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