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August 19, 2009

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education Responds
to Charges Against Former Coach at Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett announced today that agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit arrested H. Michael Villarose II, a former coach at Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School, on August 13 for unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a computer.

The arrest was not made as a result of any activity related to his position as coach at Kennedy-Kenrick. The Archdiocese became aware of the arrest on August 17 after Villarose resigned his position.

Villarose was the coach of the Kennedy-Kenrick girls' varsity volleyball team for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years. He had completed and passed the required criminal background checks and child abuse clearances as required by the Archdiocese. He also attended the mandated Archdiocesan Safe Environment training.

Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said, "We are surprised and distressed to learn of these charges. While we have no report of criminal activity committed by Mr. Villarose in his position as a coach, the administration of Kennedy-Kenrick High School will be informing our school families immediately and offering contact information for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Child and Youth Protection if anyone needs to talk about this situation.

Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the children entrusted to our care. We work every day to provide the most complete spiritual, educational, nurturing and safe environment for the young people who attend our schools."


Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director

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