Sunday, October 31, 2010

Schoolmaster convicted
Richard John McPhillamy convicted re St Stanislaus College, Bathurst NSW
The Sydney Morning Herald reports (11 October 2010) that a former assistant housemaster at St Stanislaus College (in Bathurst, New South Wales) has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two boys from the school.

Richard John McPhillamy, 49, faced trial in the New South Wales District Court accused of indecently assaulting two boys aged 12 to 13 while working at the college in Bathurst in the mid 1980s. He pleaded not guilty to six charges.

McPhillamy will face sentencing on a later date.

According to earlier reports of the court proceedings, McPhillamy was an assistant dormitory master at the school.

Rick McPhillamy has been prominent in Catholic affairs in Bathurst. When he was charged in December 2008, the website of the Cathedral Parish of St Michael and St John in Bathurst was displaying a list of active parishioners who were in charge of various activities. The list included:
Acolytes - Rick McPhillamy

On 10 January 2010, before McPhillamy's trial, Broken Rites was still able to locate the same webpage (mentioning McPhillamy and acolytes) via a Google search. However, another attempt to find this webpage on 15 October 2010 (after the conviction) was unsuccessful.

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