Mravintz Was Released

United Press International
May 1, 1985

A religious brother and teacher at North Catholic High School, accused of molesting a male student, has waived his right to preliminary hearing before a city magistrate.

Brother Ralph Mravintz, 59, was released on nominal bond following Tuesday's hearing before Chief City Magistrate Joseph James.

Mravintz of the city's North Side, where the school is located, faces charges of indecent assault and corrupting a minor in an incident involving a 15-year-old student from the North Hills.

In a report filed with the No. 9 police station Feb. 14, the youth had asked Mravintz, a teacher for 40 years, to help him with his math studies beginning last October.

The report stated that in the ensuing months, Mravintz would hug the boy, told him "I love you," and fondled him on several occasions.

The youth did not report the incidents immediately because Mravintz would leave the youth alone for a time, the report said.

The Rev. Ron Lengwin, director of communications for the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, said last week that Mravintz still is teaching at the high school and the alleged victim still attends classes there.


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