Former Teacher Booked in Teen Sex Case
Boy Molested, Authorities Say

By Paul Bartels
The Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA]
September 25, 1997

A popular Catholic educator who devoted himself to school and youth activities at Covington High School after retiring and moving from New Orleans to Mandeville has been arrested on child-sex charges, authorities said Wednesday.

Richard J. Langenstein, 62, 530 Lafayette St., surrendered to Mandeville police Tuesday afternoon after police informed his attorney, Marion Farmer, that they had warrants for his arrest.

Langenstein was booked at the St. Tammany Parish jail near Covington with indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

The arrest stems from incidents that occurred in 1996, Sgt. Ron Ruple said Wednesday, in which Langenstein allegedly engaged twice in sexual acts with a 15-year-old boy and provided the boy with cigarettes and alcohol.

Although the investigation is continuing, the charges involve one juvenile at this point, Ruple said. He said the investigation began in July but declined to say what prompted it.

Ruple said the boy was not in school at the time of the incidents and that there was "no academic relationship" between the youth and Langenstein.

Contacted at his home after his release from jail, Langenstein declined to comment and referred questions to his attorney. Farmer could not be reached for comment.

Langenstein, a retired member of the Christian Brothers order, spent 35 years in private education as a high school teacher, counselor, principal and college vice president.

He worked at Saint Paul's School in Covington and the College of Santa Fe, and was principal of De La Salle High School in New Orleans.

After his retirement in 1990, he participated in a number of New Orleans fund-raising events for community and artistic causes.

Langenstein moved to Mandeville in early 1994, and offered his services as a substitute teacher and field-trip chaperone at Covington High. He often could be spotted wearing a Santa Claus suit at school-sponsored events and charities.

School officials were unavailable for comment Wednesday, but Langenstein apparently has been less active in student-related activities during the past two years.


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