Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Students 'hypnotised for sex' at St Stanislaus

Students 'hypnotised for sex' at St Stanislaus
• By Lisa Davies
• From: The Daily Telegraph
• September 02, 2009 12:18AM

Charges ... accused paedophile and former priest Brian Spillane. Source: The Daily Telegraph
STUDENTS at prestigious Catholic boys St Stanislaus College school were hypnotised into having sex with teachers, a court heard yesterday.
One of those teachers, former St Stanislaus College chaplain Brian Spillane, yesterday faced a fight for his freedom as additional charges were laid, bringing the total to 146.
The court heard how a former teacher had handed police "typed and signed admissions" from a St Stanislaus staffer that he had in fact hypnotised boys for the purposes of having sex with them in 1967.
The Crown said evidence would corroborate the claims from some of Spillane's victims that they were hypnotised by him.
Spillane, one of nine former teachers charged, is accused of indecent and sexual assaults at the school between 1971 and 1990 against 27 victims - three of whom were girls in the parish.
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Related Coverage
• School students 'hypnotised for sex' NEWS.com.au, 4 hours ago
• Paedophilia was rampant, court told Daily Telegraph, 14 hours ago
• Teacher will defend sex charges The Australian, 5 May 2009
• More suspects in school sex case - DPP NEWS.com.au, 19 Dec 2008
• Fourth arrested over sex abuse Daily Telegraph, 15 Dec 2008
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Crown Prosecutor Beth Walker yesterday asked the Downing Centre Local Court to refuse bail on the new charges and revoke bail granted on the existing ones.
"In my submission, the brief of evidence presents a picture of rampant paedophilia," she said.
Spillane, 66, has yet to enter any pleas to the charges.
In new evidence, Magistrate Jane Culver was told of an informant, "Witness A", who had told police of seeing Spillane involved in sex acts with "various students" during prayer sessions.
Witness A has also told of seeing Spillane engaging in sexual activity with students in a shower block.
Prosecutor Ms Walker rejected any suggestion the informant had "an axe to grind".
She argued the case was an extremely strong one and said there was significant corroborative evidence.
Magistrate Culver said while recent material and the full brief did in fact paint an alarming picture, Spillane "doesn't appear to have engaged in any recent paedophilia activity" since the last allegation of 1989.
She continued bail and ordered Spillane's wife to provide another $10,000 surety.

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