O'Dea High School802 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104


O'Dea Statement

Wednesday October 31, 2012

Dear O’Dea Families,

As we reported last summer, Brother Karl Walczak was called back by the Christian Brothers in August to assist in resolving a proof of claim filed in the Christian Brother’s Institute bankruptcy proceeding. 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.

O’Dea’s day to day operations and the strategic planning process will continue under the leadership of Acting Principal Jim Walker, in collaboration with the Board and the Catholic Schools Department. Since O’Dea is owned by the Archdiocese of Seattle, and not the Christian Brothers, its facilities and financial operations are not affected by the bankruptcy proceeding.

Jim is prepared to assist you and your son with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this matter. We ask for your prayers and support at this time for all victims of abuse, Brother Walczak and our entire O’Dea community as we look to a future built on our tradition of excellence.


Zachary Lell
Chairperson, O’Dea School Board
O’Dea Class of 1990

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