Fmr. Catholic school teacher pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 1:39 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A former St. Raphael Elementary School teacher and Trinity football coach was in a Jefferson County court room Tuesday morning where he entered a plea in connection with sexual abuse charges.

Philip Anderson Jr. was arrested Aug. 15 and charged with first degree sexual abuse and two counts of first degree sodomy after the victim, who is now an adult, reported the abuse to police.

Police said the abuse took place while Anderson worked at the school and the victim was between the ages of 11 and 14.

In court, an attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Anderson. However, Anderson said he plans to hire his own attorney.

The judge ordered Anderson have no contact with the victim and  also ordered he have no unsupervised contact with any minor.

Anderson is due back in court Sept. 4.

The Archdiocese of Louisville released a statement confirming Anderson taught at St. Raphael from 1981 to 1983 and coached at Trinity during that same time, but the it has not received any reports of abuse by Anderson and there were no indications in his file of any problems.

The statement also said the Archdiocese will cooperate with the investigation and encourage victims of sexual abuse to report it to police and they will hold all victims of abuse in prayer.

 

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