AURORA, Ill. – A monk at an Aurora Catholic Boys’ High School has been accused of sexually abusing a former student.
Joseph J. Charron, also known as Brother André, was arrested and charged with eight counts of sexual abuse and assault for having non-consensual sexual contact with the student, police say. ‘Aurora.
In September 2021, the former student informed Aurora police of several instances of non-consensual sexual touching by Charron, who was also a teacher at Marmion Academy, police said. The student said the alleged abuse continued after he graduated from the school.
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Marmion Academy placed Charron on administrative leave and barred him from the school campus and other ministerial duties after learning of the allegations, police said.
Joseph J. Charron (Aurora Police)
Charron, 66, turned himself in to Aurora police on Wednesday morning without incident.
Detectives have yet to determine if Charron had sexual contact with other students at the school.
“I don’t have the very specific details of the relationship, but it happened over the past 15 years,” said Paris Lewbel of the Aurora Police Department. “So we’ve looked at a number of cases where that’s happening, and that’s, again, to make sure that we have all the facts and evidence and that’s what’s gotten us here throughout this investigation to bring these felony charges.”
Marmion Academy and Marmion Abbey are cooperating with police and have launched an internal investigation into the allegations against Charron, according to police.
In a written statement, school officials said: ‘We pray for all those affected by this and we pray for healing for those involved and for all of our Marmion family members.’
School officials also said they are “rigorous in our efforts to protect all children and everyone we serve.” facility policies and practices fully protect children and vulnerable adults.
“In addition, all employees and volunteers of Marmion Abbey, Marmion Academy and Abbey Farms fully participate in and are enrolled in the Protecting God’s Children program in accordance with the policies of the Diocese of Rockford.
“Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we are not free to comment or answer questions at this time and ask that the privacy of those involved be respected.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aurora Police Department Investigations Division at 630-256-5500 or email [email protected]