ORADELL, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Bergen Catholic High School has reached a nearly $2 million settlement with 21 alleged sex abuse victims – all former students at the private school in Oradell, New Jersey.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, the former Bergen Catholic students reached the settlement for alleged cases abuse that took place over a 15 year span.

Peter Alrutz, who attended the school in the 1960s, said he saw a lot of teacher-on-student physical abuse at the school.

“A lay teacher punched with a closed fist and knocked teeth out of a student’s mouth,” he said.

But Alrutz said what happened to him went beyond that. He said he was taken into a storage room by Brother Charles Irwin.

“I was sexually abused in that room by him,” Alrutz said.

Alrutz said Irwin would also pin students down in their chairs and put his hand down the backs of the boys’ pants.

Messages to Bergen Catholic to comment on the settlement had not been returned late Monday.

  1. snapjudy says:

    These victims are to be commended for taking action and exposing the truth.
    Let’s hope that any others who may have knowledge or may have been harmed at Bergen Catholic High School, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened. Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
    Judy Jones, 636-433-2511. SNAPjudy@gmail.com
    SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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