Br Kostka

John William Chute (born 13 June 1932), Brother of the Marist Brother Order is most often known as Brother “Kostka” Chute was a notorious paedophile who sexually abused children at the schools where he taught.  His first known and reported offence was in 1959, and was given a canonical warning by the Provincial about his offences and behaviour towards children in 1968. 

He taught at least 13 Catholic schools in between 1952 and 1993

The schools he has taught at include:

·         1952  - Primary Grades -  Marist Brothers High School, Maitland

·         1952 – Kogarah Marist High School, Sydney 

·         1956-1957 – Primary Grade 6 at Marist Brothers Rosalie, Brisbane

·         1958 – Principal of Primary - Marist Brothers High School, Mosman

·         1959 – Principal of Marcellin College, Randwick 

·         1961-1962 – Assistant Superior of St Anne’s Primary School, Bondi Beach

·         1963 – Assistant Superior of Marist Primary, Queanbeyan

·         1964 – 1966 – Assistant Superior of Villa Maria School, Hunters Hill (Marist Brothers Catholic Primary School, Hunters Hill)

·         1967 – Principal of St Carthage’s School, Lismore

·         1969 – 1972 – Principal of Primary – Marist College, Penshurst

·         1973 – 1974 – Marcellin Junior, Coogee

·         1975 – Principal of Marist Brothers, Parramatta

·         1976 – 1987 – Assistant religious Education Coordinator,  Marist College, Canberra

·         1988 – 1993 – Religious Education Coordinator, Marist College, Canberra

Marist Brothers Institutions he worked at include:

·         1994 -1997 : Champagnat Centre, Dundas

·         1997 – 2001 : Assistant community Leader at Marist Farmhouse, Mittagong

·         2002 – 2007 – Assistant community Leader at Marist Centre, Mittagong

·         2008 – community Support at Marist Brothers, Blacktown. 

Reports were made to the principal of St Anne’s Primary School, Marist Brothers Lismore had knowledge of the abuse, prior to moving Kostka to Canberra.  He was given a canonical warning about admissions

Marist Brothers that Br Kostka was acquainted and worked with who also have allegations of child sexual abuse include Brother Peter "Bartholomew" Spratt, and Br Gergory Carter Brother Gregory Joseph Sutton another known and convicted Marist Brother had also taught at Marist Brothers College, Canberra.   Br Christopher Wade, the headmaster of Marist College, Canberra, also charged with sexual abuse of children had been notified in 1981, of Br Kostka’s behaviour.   

During the time Br Kostka was in Canberra between 1976 and 1993, there is reported to have been at least 39 students who were sexually abused by him.