New sexual abuse allegations against former teacher and coach at De Smet, Francis Howell

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Posted on December 13, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 13 at 11:42 PM

(KMOV) – There are new allegations that a former high school teacher and coach sexually abused students. The man coached basketball at both DeSmet and Francis Howell high schools.

Since News 4 first reported the investigation on Thursday, police say six more former students have come forward with their own claims.

Police say the allegation are strikingly similar, and one of those cases allegedly happened in St. Charles County. That’s a big development in the case, because each of the previous accounts are said to have happened in the 1970s, which is too long ago to prosecute today.

The coach in question spent nine years at DeSmet before coming to Francis Howell High School to teach science and head the boys’ basketball team from 1979 until he retired in 2000.

News 4 is not releasing a name because he has not been charged with a crime.

News 4’s Maggie Crane did some digging and uncovered another case involving the coach that dates back to 1998. The St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department was notified of allegations against the coach stemming out of St. Louis County.

The 1998 case had also reached its statute of limitations. But as a courtesy, police shared the information and asked St. Charles County to notify Francis Howell.

It was only after News 4 broke the story on Thursday night that Francis Howell issued this notice on its website conceding that the district had been asked for more information about the report.

The district says that unless there is a substantiated claim that the coach broke the law during his tenure with Francis Howell, the district says it will not comment.

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