APtx 09/25 0548 Former Teachers Indicted
DALLAS (AP) -- Indictments accusing two former teachers at a Dallas Hare
Krishna boarding school of indcency with a child and aggravated sexual assault
have been returned by a grand jury.
The cases were filed in connection with complaints involving at least six
boys at the school, authorities said Thursday.
The indictments, which involved four boys ages 6-13, allegedly occurred
during the summer of 1984 but were not reported until this year, officers said.
The men are no longer associated with the Dallas temple of the International
Society for Krishna Consciousness, temple officials said.
Martha Pena, a Dallas Police investigator, said she believes the
investigation eventually could involve as many as 10 to 15 boys.
"Every time I talk to one boy, I come up with another name," Pena said.
"This developed from a small case of one individual into a large-scale
The most recent indictment, handed down Wednesday, charges Thomas Peter
Chapaprieta, 26, with indecency with a child in connection with the molestation
of a 6-year-old boy.
Chapaprieta, whose Krishna name is Tam Rapani, earlier was indicted on
aggravated sexual assault charges for allegedly abusing a 9-year-old boy.
Police said the 9-year-old was abused on at least 30 occasions.
Authorities arrested Chapaprieta in early August in Port Royal, Pa., where
he had been teaching at another Krishna temple. He later posted $15,000 bond
and was released from Lew Sterrett Justice Center on Sept. 1, jail officials
Frederick Dennis Clark, 33, has been indicted on charges of aggravated
sexual assault and indecency with a child involving an 8-year-old boy and an
13-year-old boy. Clark uses the name Ghosta Bhihari, officers said.
Clark, who has not been arrested, disappeared shortly after the first
complaint was filed with police May 20, Pena said.
Temple officials learned of the allegations on May 20 and confronted Clark,
who was still working at the temple, temple spokesman Yudhisthira Dasa said
Thursday. He was asked to resign and given 24 hours to move out of the house he
rented from the temple, Dasa said.
Chapaprieta had left the Dallas temple to work in a Pennsylvania temple in
June 1986, before the complaints were made, temple president Naveen Krishna