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School staff member is focus of investigation

February 13, 2009|Carla Rivera

The campus minister at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation by police and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles into alleged inappropriate conduct at another school in the 1990s, officials said.

Joseph Schnelldorfer was a coach at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills when the alleged misconduct took place, archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg said, adding that the allegations did not involve sexual abuse. Tamberg said he had no information about which teams Schnelldorfer had coached or why the allegation was just coming to light. Officials at Alemany High said they could provide no details.

Tamberg said that the allegation was referred to Los Angeles police and that the archdiocese was cooperating with the investigation.

In an e-mail sent to parents last week, Crespi Principal Father Paul Henson said Schnelldorfer, who was hired in 2000 as campus minister at the all-boys school, was directed to have no contact with Crespi students on or off the campus. School counselors have been made available to students with concerns, Henson said.

-- Carla Rivera

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