Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Paedophilia rampant at Bathurst schools, court told

Paedophilia rampant at Bathurst schools, court told
• By Lisa Davies, Chief Court Reporter
• From: The Daily Telegraph
• September 01, 2009 2:07PM
Charges ... Brian Spillane Source: The Daily Telegraph
THE evidence against former NSW priests accused of historical sexual assaults painted "a picture of rampant paedophilia" in Bathurst schools, a court heard today as one fights for his liberty.
A former Father at St Stanislaus College, Brian Joseph Spillane has been charged with a fourth round of offences relating to alleged sexual assaults at the prestigious school.
The charges relate to alleged sexual assaults on students at the school more than 20 years ago.
A number of the men charged were members of the Vincentian Order on the staff at the college in the 1970s and 1980s.
Spillane is now accused of a total of 146 charges of indecency and sexual abuse against 27 victims - three of whom were girls.
Crown Prosecutor Beth Walker today asked a Downing Centre Local Court to refuse bail on the new charges and revoke bail granted on the old ones.
"In my submission, the brief of evidence presents a picture of rampant paedophilia," she said, citing a string of corroborating witness statements.
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So far Strike Force Belle, set up to investigate the claims, has charged nine priests with historical sexual and indecent assaults.
Spillane's barrister Philip Boulten SC is expected to mount a heavy case for his client to remain on bail this afternoon.
The hearing continues before Magistrate Jane Culver.

1 comment:

Kilbarry1 said...

Students being hypotnised and forced into group sex. Students being indecently assaulted during prayer sesssions. This sounds like a mixture of Repressed Memory AND Satanic Ritual Abuse. The students forgot about it for decades did they?

Has everyone else forgotton that Father Greg Cooney the head of the Vincentian Order in Australia was arrested in December 2008 on charges of child abuse 20 years before. He was released when it emmerged that he was not in Australia at that time! The Vincentians run St Stanislaus.

Suppose that the Chief Rabbi of Australia was arrested in similar circumstances. What are the chances of OTHER related sex abuse charges against Rabbis being true?