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October 31, 2012 at 6:29 PM

O’Dea High School principal resigns, denies abuse allegations from 1970s

The principal of O’Dea High School has resigned, according to news release from acting principal James Walker.

In a letter on the school’s website, Zachary Lell, chairman of the O’Dea School Board, says, “The O’Dea School Board learned today that Brother Walczak has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The accusations relate to Br. Walczak’s time teaching in another diocese in the early 1970’s. Although Brother Walczak denies the allegations, he has resigned his position as Principal of O’Dea High School.

The news release says that in August Walczak was called by the Christian Brothers to “assist in resolving a proof of claim filed in the Christian Brother’s Institute bankruptcy proceeding.”

Vice Principal Jim Walker was subsequently named acting principal, the release said.

O’Dea is operated by the Christian Brothers, however it is owned by the Archdiocese of Seattle, Lell says in his letter. For that reason, he says, the school’s facilities and financial operations are not affected by the Christian Brothers’ bankruptcy proceeding.

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