Assignment Record – Bro. Karl J. Walczak, C.F.C.

Summary of Case: A member of the Irish Christian Brothers order, Walczak was accused in a July 2012 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy in the early 1970s at Brother Rice High School in Chicago. Walczak denied the accusation. Walczak spent his career as an educator at Christian Brothers schools in Illinios, California, Hawaii and Washington state. In August 2012 Walczak was called to New York by the order ostensibly to assist with a claim in the order's bankruptcy proceedings. Walczak was, at the time, Principal of O'Dea High School in Seattle. The school community was not informed of the allegation of abuse against Walczak until it was publicized in Oct. 2012. Walczak resigned from O'Dea the same day.




   

Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1970s

Chicago archbishop was John Patrick Cody (1965-1982)

  Brother Rice High School

Chicago

Walczak was accused in a July 2012 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy in the early in 1970s, when he was a Brother Rice teacher and the boy was a freshman. Walczak denied the allegation.

IL teacher  

1984

Monterey bishop was Thaddeus Anthony Shubsda (1982-1991)

1987 Palma High School Salinas CA    

1987

Honolulu bishop was Joseph Anthony Ferrario (1982-1993), followed by Francis Xavier DiLorenzo (1994-2004)

June 1997 Damien High School Honolulu HI principal  

1997

Joliet bishop was Joseph Leopold Imesch (1979-2006)

1998 Congregation of Christian Brothers, Brother Rice Provincialate Joliet IL In residence.  

July 1998

Chicago archbishop was Francis Eugene George, O.M.I. (1997-)

2011 Brother Rice High School Chicago IL president  

July 2011

Sealttle archbishop was James Peter Sartain (2010-)

Aug. 2012 O'Dea High School Seattle WA principal

O'Dea is an all-boy's high school.

An acting principal was put in place at O'Dea in Aug. 2012. He announced in a letter to the O'Dea community that Walczak was "called by the Christian Brothers to assist in resolving a proof of claim filed in the Christian Brother’s Institute bankruptcy proceedings". There was no mention of the accusation of child sexual abuse against Walczak.

Aug. 2012 Oct. 31, 2012     NY   Walczak resigned from O'Dea Oct. 31, 2012 after the accusation against him became public.

 

Sources:

LETTER from Acting Principal, O'Dea High School, August 10, 2012
Faculty & Staff Bios, O’Dea High School Seattle, Washington, Website accessed 10/28/12
FROM THE CORNER OFFICE, THE O’DEA RELAY, October, 2012
Seattle Principal Removed for Abuse, Parents Not Informed, By Joelle Casteix, Worthy Adversary, October 31, 2012
O'Dea High School Principal Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations, KREM, October 31, 2012
Seattle High School Principal Resigns, Families Claim "Cover up", My Northwest, October 31, 2012
O'Dea High School Principal Resigns Amid Sex Abuse Allegations, KOMO, October 31, 2012
Former Honolulu High School Principal Accused of Sex Abuse in Legal Claim, Damon Tucker, October 31, 2012
O'Dea Principal Accused of Sexual Abuse, By Stephanie Klein, My Northwest, November 1, 2012
Activists Accuse Seattle Archdiocese of a Cover-up after Principal Resigned Amid Sex Abuse Accusation, By John Hopperstad, Q13 Fox, November 1, 2012
O'Dea: Gag Order Prevented Disclosure of Sex Abuse Claim against Principal, By Chris Daniels, KING 5, November 1, 2012
O'Dea Parents Seek Answers after Principal Resigns Amid Abuse Allegations, By Jamie Lynn, KOMO, November 2, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on Nov.8, 2012


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