Catholic school instructor accused of inappropriate behavior

February 9, 2011 8:03:57 PM PST
A music instructor is on administrative leave after allegations of inappropriate behavior came to light, Bishop Shanahan Administration officials say.

According to the distirct, on Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education received an allegation of inappropriate physical behavior by a part-time music instructor, Mr. Edward Golaszewski, towards a student at Bishop Shanahan High School in Chester County.

The Downington Police Department was notified, as well the Chester County District Attorney's Office.

Mr. Golaszewski is also a part-time music instructor at Archbishop Wood High School in Bucks County.

He previously taught at Cardinal Dougherty High School prior to its closure in June 2010.

The Office of Catholic Education says they are unaware of any other allegations regarding Mr. Golaszewski.

Golaszewski is on administrative leave, which means he is relieved of all duties within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Bishop Shanahan and Archbishop Wood emailed letters to parents and guardians of their respective school communities today.

The Office of Catholic Education will be contacting school families of students who previously attended Cardinal Dougherty High School.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of these allegations and remain committed to ensuring the safety and well being of our children," said, Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says anyone needing assistance to contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or