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Christian Rape-A-Babe News!

News and Views about catholic clergy sexual abuse and related issues
     
Why only terrorists? Hang Catholic Rapist Priests too, deliver justice!

This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.

They lie in the name of their 'Lord',
let us speak out in the name of TRUTH
Catholic clergy Bible thumpers having trouble remembering
Let us tell them
WE HAVE TROUBLE FORGETTING

Friday, 28 November 2014

Australia vs. Vatican on UN Torture Treaty: Is UK Next? Is Pope Francis Fearful?

On Tuesday (11/25), Pope Francis rebuked legislators in an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg as follows: “As the European Union has expanded, there has been growing mistrust on the part of citizens towards institutions considered to be aloof, engaged in laying down rules perceived as insensitive to individual peoples, if not downright harmful …” Ironically, his remarks reminded some of criticisms of the Vatican.

http://christiancatholicism.com/australia-vs-vatican-on-un-torture-treaty-is-uk-next-is-pope-francis-fearful/

Marist Brother John Maguire is convicted in Sydney

By a Broken Rites researcher (article posted 28 November 2014)
In Sydney District Court on 25 November 2014, Marist Brother John Dennis Maguire was convicted on child-sex charges. Maguire had been charged with multiple incidents of committing an act of indecency. The victim was a student at a Catholic boys' boarding school in Sydney (St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill) in the early 1980s.
A jury spent several days hearing evidence. The jury then found Maguire guilty on six of the incidents and not guilty on two other alleged incidents.
The case was heard by Judge P. Witford.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/342

Paradise lost: Satyananda Yoga Ashram is the subject of royal commission hearing

When Sanatan Saraswati first arrived at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram more than three decades ago he thought he had found paradise.
Set at the foot of Mangrove Mountain in the lush NSW Central Coast hinterland, the retreat was a place of serenity and spirituality.
Then in his early 30s and disillusioned with mainstream society, he was looking for something more and thought he had finally discovered it among the small community of yoga devotees led by a charismatic director, Swami Akhandananda Saraswati.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/paradise-lost-satyananda-yoga-ashram-is-the-subject-of-royal-commission-hearing-20141127-11v3rl.html

Press Vatican on Aust child abuse: UN

The UN wants the Abbott government to take on the Vatican over documents relating to child abuse by Catholic clergy.
In a report handed down in Geneva on Friday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture welcomed the work of the national royal commission into child sexual abuse.
However, the Australian government should take "all appropriate measures" to get "all evidence" from the Vatican to ensure meaningful investigations can be carried out.

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/press-vatican-on-aust-child-abuse-un-20141129-3lgqh.html

Senior orthodox Jewish leaders face cover-up inquiry over child sex abuse

Some of Australia’s most senior orthodox Jewish leaders are under investigation for allegedly failing to report multiple instances of child sexual abuse.
The Sunday Age has obtained witness statements and tape recordings from this month’s successful prosecution of a former Bondi Yeshiva authority figure, Daniel Hayman, that indicate senior Jewish leaders failed to act on complaints of abuse and cast doubt over their public statements on the scandal.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/senior-orthodox-jewish-leaders-face-coverup-inquiry-over-child-sex-abuse-20140627-zsoqz.html

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Angry scenes as Christian Brother jailed

Survivors of child abuse at the hands of a Christian Brother have erupted in anger as a judge sentenced him to a two year non-parole period.
 Angry scenes erupted in a Sydney court after an ex-Christian Brother was sentenced to at least two years in jail for indecently assaulting boys at NSW schools more than 30 years ago.
Desmond Eric Richards, 76, pleaded guilty earlier this month to abusing four boys between 1972 and 1982 in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Strathfield in Sydney's inner west.
District Court Judge Peter Zahra on Thursday sentenced him to a non-parole period of two years after imposing a maximum sentence of three years and three months for the offences.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/27/angry-scenes-christian-brother-jailed

Christian Brother jailed for at least two years for indecently assaulting boys in NSW schools

A Christian Brother has been jailed for at least two years for indecently assaulting boys in New South Wales schools.
Desmond Richards, also known as brother Neil, was arrested after returning to Australia from the Vatican in 2013.
The 76-year-old previously taught at schools run by the Christian Brothers Catholic order across NSW.
District Court judge Peter Zahra sentenced him to at least two years' jail for indecently assaulting four boys aged between 11 and 13 in the 1970s and 1980s.
The court heard the offences were committed at schools in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Sydney and at a school camp near Sydney.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-27/christian-brother-jailed-for-indecently-assaulting-boys/5922036

The church kept quiet about Brother Neil Richards' crimes but now he is in jail

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 27November 2014)
Helped by Broken Rites, some of the victims of Christian Brother Desmond Eric ("Neil") Richards have achieved justice. On 27 November 2014, the Sydney District Court gave him a jail sentence of 3 years and 3 months, with a minimum of two years behind bars before he becomes eligible to apply for parole.
Catholic Church authorities had known for years about Richards' crimes but the crimes were concealed from the police (and from the public). And the Christian Brothers appointed him to be in charge of their worldwide website in Rome.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/314

Commission told culture of abuse at school

Rumours of sexual abuse at Hobart boys' school Hutchins were so rife in the 1960s there was a commonly recounted verse around the city.Get a woman, get a woman, get a woman if you can. If you can't get a woman get a Hutchins man.'It was a ditty that stuck in the mind of one former student, now aged 60, who has recounted to a royal commission his abuse at the hands of three Hutchins teachers.Giving evidence under the pseudonym AOE, the man told how music teacher Ron Thomas touched and rubbed against him while the pair sat at a piano.
I would try to get up and run away but Thomas would catch me and hold me on the floor face down,' AOE said.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/hobart/2014/11/27/commission-told-culture-of-abuse-at-school.html

Culture of abuse at Hutchins school: hearing told

Rumours of sexual abuse at Hobart boys’ school Hutchins were so rife in the 1960s there was a commonly recounted verse around the city.
‘Get a woman, get a woman, get a woman if you can. If you can’t get a woman get a Hutchins man.’
It was a ditty that stuck in the mind of one former student, now aged 60, who has recounted to a royal commission his abuse at the hands of three Hutchins teachers.

http://www.echo.net.au/2014/11/culture-abuse-hutchins-school-hearing-told118087/

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

UN focus on child abuse inquiry

Australia's pursuit of Vatican documents on pedophile priests is likely to be addressed at a UN torture committee press conference.
The UN Committee against Torture is this week expected to address the powers of Australia's child abuse royal commission, with implications for Australian-Vatican relations.
The committee will discuss its review into Australia's adherence to the convention against torture in Geneva on Friday.
Abuse survivors campaigner Nicky Davis says she hopes the UN delivers a firm ultimatum.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/26/un-focus-child-abuse-inquiry

Darwin paedophile Don Henderson in mental institution during royal commission hearing

Notorious Darwin paedophile Donald Bruce Henderson was admitted to a mental institution a few weeks before a royal commission began investigating his activities at the Retta Dixon home, and left the facility within weeks of the hearings finishing.
Documents tendered to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse show that a legal representative for Mr Henderson made an application on the opening day of the proceedings seeking to have Mr Henderson's identity suppressed.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-26/darwin-paedophile-don-henderson-in-mental-institution/5920160

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Jewish community divided over sexual abuse accusations

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant is a portly and genial man, whose wiry beard travels in several unexpected directions. A true Melburnian, he loves his coffee (short black) and is a staunch Carlton supporter.
For the past 25 years, his working life has revolved around the Jewish Care headquarters on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, where he has tended to the spiritual needs of palliative care patients  comforted families and held religious services for residents and staff.

 http://www.theage.com.au/national/jewish-community-divided-over-sexual-abuse-accusations-20141125-11t7b6.html

Pedophile teachers at elite Hobart school fled overseas as cops closed in

TWO pedophile teachers at an elite Hobart boys school fled the country after being informed they would be arrested, a royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse yesterday heard evidence from former Tasmanian police commissioner Richard McCreadie that in 1970 the headmaster and music teacher at The Hutchins School confessed to child abuse. However, Mr McCreadie told the commission that when he went to the school to arrange for the two to be ­arrested he discovered they had fled the country.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/pedophile-teachers-at-elite-hobart-school-fled-overseas-as-cops-closed-in/story-fngburq5-1227134841327

Hutchins headmaster admits school 'misguided' not to apologise to victim of sexual abuse

The headmaster of a prestigious Hobart boys school said the school was '"misguided" for not taking an opportunity to apologise to a victim of sexual abuse, a royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been investigating how the Hutchins School and the Anglican Church dealt with sexual abuse claims dating back to the 1960s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-25/tasmanias-former-top-cop-to-appear-before-sexual-abuse-inquiry/5915222

Jewish teacher David Kramer deported over child sex crimes

A JEWISH teacher who molested a string of boys at an exclusive Melbourne Jewish school has been kicked out of Australia.
David Kramer, 54, abused four boys while teaching at Yeshiva College in the early 1990s.
He was the first member of a Jewish institution in Australia to have admitted and been jailed for child sex crimes.
In July last year he was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment for what a judge described as “unforgivable” crimes.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/jewish-teacher-david-kramer-deported-over-child-sex-crimes/story-fnii5smt-1227134570996?nk=77c1010c1ea23b9cc7c64f7301f52f90

Royal commission sparked abuse apology

The establishment of a national royal commission into child sexual abuse prompted a Hobart boys' school to apologise to a victim, its principal says.
A man known as AOA for legal reasons spent more than four decades seeking an apology and acknowledgment from The Hutchins School after suffering abuse in 1964 at the hands of then headmaster David Ralph Lawrence.
In October, a month before the commission opened a public hearing into events at the school, the head of Hutchins, Warwick Dean sent a letter to AOA.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/25/03/35/ex-tas-police-boss-to-face-abuse-hearing

Yeshivah College called to royal commission on child sexual abuse

The Melbourne Orthodox Jewish school at the centre of a child sexual abuse scandal will become the focus of a royal commission hearing early next year.
Fairfax Media has learned that Yeshivah College's handling of the scandal, including an alleged cover-up, will be probed in a hearing scheduled for up to two-weeks in Melbourne in February.
Further painful revelations about the cases of historical abuse at Yeshivah are likely and senior members of the Jewish orthodox community will be called to give evidence, as will victims of sexual abuse.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/yeshivah-college-called-to-royal-commission-on-child-sexual-abuse-20141125-11te2v.html

Staff members confessed to police

TWO staff members at the Hutchins School confessed to police they had sexually abused a student, a Royal Commission has heard.
But both men fled the country before they could be charged.
Former Tasmania Police Commissioner Richard McCreadie gave evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse this morning.

http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/staff-members-confessed-to-police/story-fnn32rbc-1227133978481

Pedophile headmaster, teacher at elite Hobart school fled to escape arrest

TWO paedophile senior teachers at an elite Hobart boys’ school fled the country after being informed they would be arrested, a Royal Commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse earlier today heard evidence from former Tasmanian police commissioner Richard McCreadie that in 1970 the headmaster and music teacher at Hutchins School both confessed to child abuse.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/pedophile-headmaster-teacher-at-elite-hobart-school-fled-to-escape-arrest/story-fngburq5-1227134171254?nk=77c1010c1ea23b9cc7c64f7301f52f90

Staff at Hobart boys' school admitted sex abuse, then fled the country

Royal commission told when police returned to Hutchins school to arrest music teacher and headmaster, they had left Australia

A teacher and headmaster admitted to sexually abusing a student at a Hobart boys’ school but both left Australia before they were to be arrested, a royal commission has heard.
Former Tasmania police commissioner Richard McCreadie was a sex crime detective in Hobart in 1970 when a boy aged about 16 came to his police station to make a report against staff at the Hutchins school.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/25/staff-hobart-boys-school-admitted-sex-abuse-then-fled-country

Abusers fled the country, commission hears

A teacher and headmaster admitted to sexually abusing a student at a Hobart boys' school but both left Australia before they were to be arrested, a royal commission has heard.
Former Tasmania police commissioner Richard McCreadie was a sex crime detective in Hobart in 1970 when a boy aged about 16 came to his police station to make a report against staff at The Hutchins School.
During a later interview, then-principal David Ralph Lawrence and music teacher Ronald Thomas admitted they had molested him, Mr McCreadie said.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/25/03/35/ex-tas-police-boss-to-face-abuse-hearing

Monday, 24 November 2014

Tasmania's former police commissioner Richard McCreadie to appear before royal commission into child sexual abuse

Former Tasmanian Police Commissioner Richard McCreadie will front the royal commission investigating child sexual abuse at Hutchins School in the 1960s.
Mr McCreadie was a last-minute addition to the witness list yesterday and will appear this morning.
A royal commission into how institutions responded to child sexual abuse is examining Hobart Hutchins School's handling of allegations of sexual abuse by staff in the 1960s, including headmaster David Lawrence, who has since died.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-25/tasmanias-former-top-cop-to-appear-before-sexual-abuse-inquiry/5915222

Bishop Harrower in tears at Hutchins child abuse inquiry

THE Hutchins School board showed a lack of compassion in its response to alleged child sexual abuse, a royal commission has been told.
The Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, John Harrower, fought tears as he said he knew how important it was for
victims to receive an apology.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday held a fourth day of public hearings in Hobart.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/bishop-harrower-in-tears-at-hutchins-child-abuse-inquiry/story-fnjj6013-1227133626567?nk=77c1010c1ea23b9cc7c64f7301f52f90

Former headmaster speaks in royal commission

The former headmaster of The Hutchins School has told a royal commission that it was not his jurisdiction to handle a complaint of sexual abuse from a former student.
William Toppin, who ran the prestigious Hobart school between 1997 and 2007, said it was up to the board to handle the complaint, which dated back to the 1960s.

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/2717175/former-headmaster-speaks-in-royal-commission/?cs=95

Royal commission into child sexual abuse: Dealing with abuse claims not my job, ex Hutchins headmaster says

Allegations of sexual abuse against a former student of a Hobart private school were out of the headmaster's jurisdiction, a royal commission has heard.
The former headmaster at Hobart's Hutchins School, which is at the centre of public hearings in Tasmania, told the royal commission that dealing with claims of former students was up to the school's board.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25594528/royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse-dealing-with-abuse-claims-not-my-job-ex-hutchins-headmaster-says/

Abuse inquiry told boys' school did not apologise because of Hobart Mercury

Former principal blames newspaper’s coverage for his school’s failure to apologise over reports of sexual assault
 The former principal of an elite Tasmanian boys’ school has blamed the Hobart Mercury for the school’s failure to apologise to an alleged victim of sexual assault.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/24/abuse-inquiry-told-boys-school-did-not-apologise-because-of-hobart-mercury

Tas bishop wanted sex abuse apology

Tasmania's Anglican Bishop wishes a Hobart boys' school had taken his advice and apologised sooner to a former student sexually abused by a teacher.
An emotional John Douglas Harrower choked up on Monday as he recounted to a royal commission his 2002 advice to The Hutchins School board that they say sorry to the victim.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/24/03/37/tasmanian-principal-to-face-abuse-hearing

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Royal Commission: Hutchins School employee told to hang up on callers asking about alleged abuse

An employee at the private Hobart boys' school at the centre of a sexual abuse inquiry was told to hang up on some people calling about alleged abuse.
A royal commission is investigating the way the Hutchins School handled sexual abuse claims relating to a paedophile ring that operated at the school in the 1960s.
Documents released to the commission outline an instruction for a member of the Hutchins staff to "hang up" on some people calling for information.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-23/spotlight-returns-to-hutchins-schools-response-to-sex-abuse/5912120

Friday, 21 November 2014

'Love letter' clouds abuse finding

A love letter written by a man claiming to be a victim of child sexual abuse to his alleged abuser made it difficult to later verify if the crime had taken place, a royal commission has been told.
John Bednall was principal at The Hutchins School in Hobart for nine years from 1987.
During his leadership the school received a complaint from a man, known only as AOA for legal reasons, claiming to have been sexually abused while a student in 1964 by then headmaster, David Ralph Lawrence.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/21/03/35/bishop-to-give-evidence-at-abuse-hearing

A Jesuit priest is jailed after admittng offences against children

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 21 November 2014)
A Catholic priest in the Jesuit religious order, Father David Rankin, has been jailed after pleading guilty to acts of indecency on three young boys in Sydney. These offences occurred in the 1960s when Rankin was a lay teacher before he joined the priesthood. These three are not necessarily Rankin's only victims; they are merely three who took the opportunity to talk with a NSW Police detective. Broken Rites has received information about Father David Rankin SJ, from elsewhere in Australia and also overseas, while he was in the priesthood.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/290

Court hears that teenager ‘threw herself’ at priest Father John Fleming

A WOMAN who claims she had a sexual encounter with Father John Fleming as a teenager had been harassing and “throwing herself at” the prominent priest, a court has heard.
Lawyers for Fr Fleming have claimed, in cross-examination in a defamation trial, that the woman known as “Jenny” had a crush on their client in the 1970s and had constantly written to and telephoned him.
Paul Heywood-Smith, for Fr Fleming, suggested Jenny was not 15 years old, as had been claimed, but “17 or 18” when she followed, waited for and spied upon his client around his CBD church.

http://www.news.com.au/national/south-australia/court-hears-that-teenager-threw-herself-at-priest-father-john-fleming/story-fnii5yv4-1227130294128

Church should not investigate internally, commission told

EARLIER: Commission told of abuse concealment
The Anglican Church should not investigate itself when it receives complaints of child sexual abuse, a bishop has told a royal commission.
Bishop Ronald Stone was assistant bishop of Hobart in the 1990s, when complaints of abuse surfaced against The Hutchins School, but said he had limited contact with the school.
Bishop Stone said he though the church should not be the responsible body for handling internal abuse complaints.

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/2712914/church-should-not-investigate-internally-commission-told/?cs=94

Abuse inquiry continues

THE Hutchins School was told there was little chance a sex abuse victim would take legal action, but there was a danger he might use an apology to “go public”. Correspondence between the school and its lawyers has been released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/abuse-inquiry-continues/story-fnn32rbc-1227130619865

Royal commission hears of church response

The Anglican church had no power to intervene but could have acted differently when a Hobart boys' school began investigating reported sex abuse, a royal commission has been told.

Bishop Ronald Francis Stone cannot recall receiving a report of abuse in the 1990s from a former Hutchins student who said he was abused by the school's headmaster 30 years earlier.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/11/21/royal-commission-hears-of-church-response.html

Principal denies abuse cover-up

A headmaster responsible for investigating a report of student sexual abuse denies he tried to cover up the truth to protect the school.

The headmaster of a Hobart boys' school charged with investigating a report of historic sexual abuse insists he did not try to cover up the truth.
John Bednall was principal at The Hutchins School for nine years from 1987.
During his leadership he received a complaint from a man, AOA, claiming to have been sexually abused while a student in 1964 by then headmaster, David Ralph Lawrence.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/21/principal-denies-abuse-cover

The former assistant bishop admits he may have failed to persuade Hutchins school in Hobart to apologise over sexual abuse

The former assistant bishop of the Anglican diocese of Tasmania, Ronald Stone, has told a royal commission he could have done more to persuade a Hobart school to apologise over sexual abuse by teaching staff.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is sitting in Hobart to investigate how the prestigious private boys school Hutchins and the Anglican church dealt with complaints made by former students.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-21/former-bishop-may-have-failed-to-persuade-school-to-apologise/5908398

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Efforts against child abuse deserve praise | opinion

ONE OF the best legacies of the previous Labor federal government was the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
It should be remembered for this achievement, as well as its much-publicised failings and internal political feuding.
The cost of the royal commission has predictably blown out, but the price tag is largely irrelevant when considering the overriding issues of justice and healing for victims.

http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/2712012/efforts-against-child-abuse-deserve-praise-opinion/

Bishop to give evidence at abuse hearing

A former assistant bishop of the Anglican church in Tasmania will give evidence on Friday at a sex abuse royal commission in Hobart.
Ronald Francis Stone was contacted in 1995 by a former student of Hobart's prestigious boys' school Hutchins, claiming he had been sexually abused by a headmaster in the 1960s.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/25572784/bishop-to-give-evidence-at-abuse-hearing/

‘Sick of pedophiles’ teacher quit

A FORMER teacher at Hobart’s Hutchins School has told a royal commission he walked away from his career in his 20s because he was sick of working with pedophiles.
Geoffrey Ayling, 75, said he now knew that up to eight ped­o­philes were employed at the school during the mid-1960s — at a time when staff numbers were usually about 16-17.
He gave evidence to a hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Hobart yesterday.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/sick-of-pedophiles-teacher-quit/story-fnjj6013-1227130065782

Cunneen child sex findings 'flawed': Shoebridge

A NSW report into Hunter child sex allegations was ‘‘fundamentally flawed’’ after key evidence about ‘‘culpable arrangements’’ between NSW Police and the Catholic Church was not explored, NSW Parliament has been told.
The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry did not consider allegations last year about police involvement in the church’s Professional Standards Resource Group (PSRG) between 1998 and 2005.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2711636/cunneen-findings-flawed/?cs=12

Collusion 'helped' NSW pedophile priest

There was collusion between pedophile priest John Sidney Denham and a principal who allowed sexual and sadistic abuse at a NSW school, a court has heard.
When one of the boys abused at St Pius X College in the Hunter region between 1975 and 1979 complained to principal Father Tom Brennan, he was yelled at and caned.
Judge Helen Syme told the Sydney District Court, where Denham faced a hearing on Thursday, this assisted the former Catholic priest in his abuse.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/20/13/46/collusion-helped-nsw-pedophile-priest

Child sex abuse inquiry: Ex-headmaster admits failing to question staff, pupils over paedophilia claims

A former headmaster of a prestigious Hobart boys' school has admitted he failed to interview former students and teachers over paedophilia claims against another former headmaster.
John Bednall, who was headmaster at Hutchins School in the 1990s, was giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25567296/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-ex-headmaster-admits-failing-to-question-staff-pupils-over-paedophilia-claims/

Royal commission into child sexual abuse: Former Hutchins headmaster defends his handling of abuse case

A former headmaster of a prestigious Hobart boys school has defended his handling of a victim's complaint of sexual abuse.
Dr John Bednall was headmaster at Hutchins School in the 1990s when a former student, known as AOA, first came to him seeking an apology from the school for the abuse he allegedly suffered from former headmaster David Lawrence in the 1960s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-20/up-to-eight-teachers-involved-in-school-sexual-abuse-inquiry/5905978

Four paedophile teachers at The Hutchins School, commission reveals

AT LEAST four paedophile teachers were simultaneously employed at one of the state's most prestigious schools, a royal commission has been told.
Former headmaster David Lawrence and at least three teachers at Hobart's The Hutchins School abused an unknown number of children during the 1960s - including one who was made to wait more than 20 years for an apology.

http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/2709330/commission-told-of-four-paedophile-teachers/?cs=87

Former teacher tells inquiry elite Hobart school covered up abuses

Royal commission hears child sexual abuse at the Hutchins school in the 1960s was common knowledge
The father of the Tasmanian premier told a teacher to keep quiet about alleged sexual abuse at an elite Hobart school in the 1960s, an inquiry has been told.
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse heard that sexual abuse at the Hutchins school in the 1960s was common knowledge.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/20/former-teacher-tells-inquiry-elite-hobart-school-covered-up-abuses

End of the thin blue line for Fox, retiring after 36 years

A retiring Hunter Valley police officer is questioning why no one has been charged in the wake of the Special Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Peter Fox, whose allegations of church cover-ups helped spark the Newcastle inquiry and subsequent Royal Commission, is officially retiring from the police force today after more than 36 years.
He said he is ready to move on with his life and intends to spend more time with his immediate and extended family.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-20/end-of-the-thin-blue-line-for-fox2c-retiring-after-36-years/5904832

Boys' abuse common knowledge: witness

The sexual abuse of boys at an elite Hobart school in the 1960s was common knowledge but attempts to raise the alarm were stifled, a national royal commission has been told.
Science teacher Geoffrey Ayling resigned from The Hutchins School in 1966 and changed careers.
"I no longer wanted to work in the school ... because of the prevalence of pedophiles among teaching staff," Mr Ayling, now 75, told a commission hearing in Hobart on Thursday.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/20/03/33/past-headmaster-in-stand-for-abuse-hearing

Former teacher claims Hutchins School board turned a blind eye to reporting of sexual abuse

A teacher who tried to alert the Hutchins School board to child sexual abuse allegedly occurring at the school in the 1960s will front the royal commission hearings in Hobart today.
It is the second day of public hearings in Tasmania of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25565461/former-teacher-claims-hutchins-school-board-turned-a-blind-eye-to-reporting-of-sexual-abuse/

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox retires from police after sparking royal commission into child sex abuse

DETECTIVE Chief Inspector Peter Fox will leave the NSW Police Force at midnight on Thursday – exactly 36 years, seven months and three days after walking in.
He feels vindicated by evidence at last month’s inquiry into police involvement with a Catholic Church child sexual abuse reporting group, and relieved to leave without disciplinary action against him over the November 2012 television interview that led to a royal commission, but ended his career.

http://www.blayneychronicle.com.au/story/2709590/peter-fox-the-cop-who-sparked-a-royal-commision-retires/?cs=2452

Past headmaster in stand for abuse hearing

A former Hobart school headmaster who investigated reports of student sexual abuse will give evidence at a royal commission.John Bendall was the principal at elite boys' school Hutchins in the early 1990s when reports were received from men claiming to have been groomed and sexually assaulted while students at the school in the 1960s.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/11/20/past-headmaster-in-stand-for-abuse-hearing.html

Ballarat child abuse survivors hope UN committee acknowledges harm

A group which represented Ballarat survivors of child abuse at the United Nations hopes the UN acknowledges the harm survivors have suffered.
Earlier this month, the Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) spoke to the UN committee against torture, which is due to hand down its report next week.
CLAN alleges children in care were used for experiments and suffered electric shocks.
The group's Leonie Sheedy said it was important the UN acknowledged the various forms of abuse inflicted upon children in care.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-19/ballarat-survivors-of-child-abuse-hope-un/5902000

Victim tells of 20-year wait for apology as Royal Commission hears of sex abuse claims at exclusive school

A  VICTIM of child sexual abuse at Hobart’s Hutchins School has told a royal commission he was insulted when the school sent him an apology just weeks ago — after more than 20 years of requests.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday held its first day of public hearings into the exclusive boys’ school.
The witness, known by the pseudonym AOA, repeatedly fought tears as he recounted how he was repeatedly sexually abused by headmaster David
Ralph Lawrence during private French tutoring in the mid-1960s.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/victim-tells-of-20year-wait-for-apology-as-royal-commission-hears-of-sex-abuse-claims-at-exclusive-school/story-fnjj600z-1227128881817?nk=b7b3457ce13c73434a543ed70e496d43

Sexual abuse by Hutchins School staff widely known, royal commission told

A national investigation into child sexual abuse has heard it was widely known that sexual abuse was occurring at a Hobart private boys school in the 1960s.
At the first public hearings in Tasmania for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, witnesses have broken down giving evidence.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25553003/sexual-abuse-by-hutchins-school-staff-widely-known-royal-commission-told/

Diocese of Granada strikes off priests amid paedophile accusations

THE diocese of Granada says it has removed several priests from their post accused of sexually abusing at least one minor.
According to the same sources, the victim contacted the Vatican and was telephoned personally by Pope Francisco, after which a formal police report was filed in Spain.
At least a dozen lay priests and ordained priests were said to have been involved and had abused children at various residential homes throughout the province of Granada when the victim who reported it was a child.
Little else is known at present as the case remains sub judice.
The diocese says it has ‘scrupulously followed’ disciplinary procedures laid down for incidences of this type and has verified the truth of the unnamed young adult’s reports.

Letter to Pope uncovers pedophile network in Spain

ROME — A letter sent to Pope Francis has triggered Spain’s largest clerical sex abuse scandal to date, leading to charges being filed against 10 priests after a college professor wrote to the pontiff to describe sexual abuse he claims to have suffered as a child.
Upon receiving the letter, Francis reportedly telephoned the victim on Aug. 10. In Spanish media accounts, the victim is identified as “Daniel”; his real name has been withheld for privacy reasons.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2014/11/18/letter-to-pope-uncovers-pedophile-network-in-spain/

An ex-priest from Moree/Armidale NSW admits some charges, and now he will face a trial on some additional charges

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated on 19 November 2014)
This Broken Rites article is an update about a former Catholic priest (from Armidale and Moree in northern New South Wales), who is facing 76 child-abuse charges. The priest, whose name (for legal reasons) cannot be published at this stage, has already pleaded "Guilty" to 45 of the 76 charges, and he will eventually be sentenced on those 45 charges. Meanwhile, he is contesting the additional charges and therefore on 18 November 2014 a magistrate ordered the ex-priest to face a trial in 2015 on some of these additional charges.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/223

Witnesses recount abuse at Hobart school

A schoolboy partially blinded by smoke in Tasmania's worst bushfires needed one-on-one tuition.
In the shadow of Black Tuesday in 1967, sexual abuse began for a Year 6 student at Hobart's elite Hutchins boys' school, a royal commission has been told.
Now aged 60 and giving evidence under the pseudonym AOE, the man has told how music teacher Ron Thomas touched and rubbed against him while the pair sat at a piano.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/19/03/41/royal-commission-hearings-in-hobart

Hobart school says sorry for sex abuse

A man has told of the disgust and worthlessness he felt when a Hobart school where he was sexually abused as a boy, refused for decades to apologise.
Now aged 65 and identified only as AOA during a sex abuse royal commission hearing in Hobart, the man was a child victim of David Ralph Lawrence, the headmaster of The Hutchins School in the 1960s.
Mr Lawrence has since died.
"I was young and was not too sure about what was happening, but it was kind of pleasant and embarrassing at the same time," AOA said in evidence on Wednesday of his abuse at the hands of Lawrence.


http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/19/03/41/royal-commission-hearings-in-hobart

Hutchins School headmaster resigned, moved after 'inappropriate' letter from student intercepted

A national investigation into child sexual abuse has heard a former headmaster of Hobart's Hutchins School resigned after his secretary intercepted an inappropriate letter from a student.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating allegations against former Hutchins headmaster David Lawrence and former teacher Lyndon Hickman stemming back to the 1960s.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25553003/hutchins-headmasters-and-former-students-to-appear-in-sexual-abuse-inquiry/

Royal Commission starts at Hutchins School

It took twenty years of requests for an elite Hobart school to apologise to a student who was sexually abused by its headmaster in the 1960s, a Royal Commission has been told.
Sitting in Tasmania for the first time, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told the Hutchins School initially denied of a former student's plea for an apology.

http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/2707402/royal-commission-starts-at-hutchins-school/?cs=87

Child sex abuse royal commission focuses on elite school

SIX teachers at Hobart’s elite Hutchins boy school engaged in sexual abuse of, or inappropriate conduct involving, young students in the 1960s, a royal commission has heard.
The allegations, and complaints of cover-up and stonewalling by the Anglican school, were detailed during a hearing earlier today of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-focuses-on-elite-school/story-e6frg6nf-1227128164445?nk=56517fa36c1ae12f77151a4af761a81b

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Tas royal commission hearings begin

Tasmania's Anglican bishop will be among the witnesses giving evidence at the state's first public hearing of a royal commission into child sexual abuse.Bishop John Douglas Harrower is one of 11 people - including former students and past and present staff from private Hobart boys' school, Hutchins - named on the witness list ahead of Wednesday's opening hearing.The hearings will spend eight days looking at how the school and the Anglican diocese responded to allegations of sexual abuse against former headmaster David Lawrence and teacher Lyndon Hickman, both now dead.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/11/19/tas-royal-commission-hearings-begin.html

Hutchins headmasters and former students to appear in sexual abuse inquiry

Two former headmasters of a Hobart private boys school will be among 11 witnesses to appear before an inquiry into the Hutchins School's response to child sex abuse allegations.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first public hearings in Hobart today.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25553003/hutchins-headmasters-and-former-students-to-appear-in-sexual-abuse-inquiry/

Ex-priest to stand trial

A FORMER priest has been committed to trial for historic child sex abuse, facing a total of 76 charges.
In a committal hearing yesterday afternoon, Magistrate Karen Stafford ruled there was significant evidence for a jury to convict the defrocked priest of an indictable offence.
The hearing related to three counts of sexual assault of a person under 16-years-of-age and brought five witnesses before the Armidale Local Court.
The witness list included an alleged victim, his mother and a detective senior constable.

http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/2705293/ex-priest-to-stand-trial/?cs=471

11 witnesses for abuse inquiry

THE Royal Commission investigating the responses of the Hutchins School into sexual abuse allegations in the 1960s begins today, with 11 witnesses to be called over two weeks.
Tasmania is the last state or territory in Australia to have a public hearing held by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/2706465/11-witnesses-for-abuse-inquiry/?cs=95

Salvation Army member to face trial over historic child sex charges

A HUNTER Salvation Army member will face trial in a Sydney court next year on more than 20 historic child sex charges.
The man, known as TW for legal reasons, was committed for trial at Newcastle on charges of sexually abusing six boys.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2705831/salvo-to-face-trial-on-child-sex-charges/

Broken Rites helped victims of Father John Denham to gain justice

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 18 November 2014)
Broken Rites has helped to obtain justice for victims of a paedophile Catholic priest, Father John Sidney Denham.
  • In Sydney on 2 July 2010, this priest was sentenced to a long jail term after getting away with his crimes for four decades.
  • In 2013, Denham pleaded guilty to further crimes (on more victims), and he will receive even more time in jail for these crimes. He is due to be sentenced, for these additional crimes, in Sydney's Downing Centre district court in late November 2014 (case numbers 201100382572 and 201200211543).
http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/51

Royal Commission gathering submissions on final Bethcar sexual abuse report

Victims of sexual abuse at the Bethcar Children's Home in the state's west are preparing written submissions for consideration by the Royal Commission.
On Friday, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held a final, extra day of hearings into the state-run home.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-18/bethcar-submissions-prepared/5898808

'It is a disgrace': Victims reject apology for Retta Dixon home abuse horror

The head of a religious group running services for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory for 20 years knew nothing of horrendous abuse at one of its homes until a national inquiry was underway.
The conduct of Reverend Trevor Leggott, general director of Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM) was roundly criticised on Monday by two barristers representing people who were horribly abused at the Retta Dixon home for Aboriginal children in the 1960s and 70s.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/17/03/36/retta-dixon-inquiry-resumes-in-sydney

Monday, 17 November 2014

Victims reject apology for NT abuse horror

The head of a religious group running services for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory for 20 years knew nothing of horrendous abuse at one of its homes until a national inquiry was underway.
The conduct of Reverend Trevor Leggott, general director of Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM) was roundly criticised on Monday by two barristers representing people who were horribly abused at the Retta Dixon home for Aboriginal children in the 1960s and 70s.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25530448/nt-blamed-for-child-abuser-going-free/

Sex abuse victims have lost faith in justice, inquiry told

MORE victims of a convicted sex offender who allegedly abused Stolen Generation and other children at a Darwin missionary home in the 1960s and 70s are afraid to come forward ­because they have lost faith in the legal system, former residents say.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard evidence a series of failures by police and the Northern Territory ­Director of Public Prosecutions led to cases against pedophile ­Donald Henderson being dropped.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/sex-abuse-victims-have-lost-faith-in-justice-inquiry-told/story-fngburq5-1227126219347

Child sex abuse royal commission: spotlight on Anglican Church and private school in Hobart

The Anglican Church and its Hobart private school Hutchins will be in the spotlight this week when an investigation into child sexual abuse holds public hearings in Tasmania.
The Royal Commission investigating Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin its first public hearings in the state on Wednesday.
The milestone is seen as important because Tasmania is the only remaining state or territory the commission has not heard from on the public record.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25531198/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-spotlight-on-anglican-church-and-private-school-in-hobart/

Child Sexual Abuse inquiry to delve into Hutchins

Up to a dozen witnesses are expected to give evidence before the Hobart hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse which begins tomorrow.
The inquiry will centre on historical allegations made about the exclusive all-male Hutchins School.
Commissioners Jennifer Coate and Andrew Murray will examine the handling of claims against former headmaster David Lawrence and teacher Lyndon Hickman at the boarding school during the 1960s.

http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/child-sexual-abuse-inquiry-to-delve-into-hutchins/story-fnn32rbc-1227126357223

Traumatised victims of Eden Park boys home abuse say the Salvation Army should increase compensation

THEY were systematically abused and robbed of their trust in humanity — now victims of the notorious Eden Park boys home say they were short-changed by civil payouts from the Salvation Army.
The depravity and violence exacted upon former residents of the home led to a class action launched in 2007, in which 60 former Eden Park boys were eventually given civil payouts.
However, many victims and the lawyer who handled the cases now say the Salvation Army should have paid more compensation.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/traumatised-victims-of-eden-park-boys-home-abuse-say-the-salvation-army-should-increase-compensation/story-fnii5yv7-1227125325984?nk=c12c83881d7c9901505928057f5ad682

Legal system blamed for letting down Retta Dixon alleged abuse victims

Australian Indigenous Ministries’ lawyer says Donald Henderson should have been tried for alleged abuses in 1976

It was a disgraceful failure of the Northern Territory legal system that a paedophile escaped being tried for sexually abusing a five-year-old girl, a solicitor has told the child sex abuse inquiry.
Mark Thomas, representing the Rev Trevor Leggott, who heads Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM), said that what happened to children at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin in the 1960s and 70s was “short of killing them, the worst possible example of abuse of a child”.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/17/legal-system-blamed-for-letting-down-retta-dixon-alleged-abuse-victims

NT blamed for child abuser going free

IT was a disgraceful failure of the Northern Territory legal system that a pedophile escaped being tried for sexually abusing a five-year-old girl, a solicitor has told a national inquiry.
MARK Thomas representing Reverend Trevor Leggott, who heads Australian Indigenous Ministries, said that what happened to children at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin in the 1960s and 70s was "short of killing them, the worst possible example of abuse of a child".

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/retta-dixon-inquiry-resumes-in-sydney/story-fn3dxiwe-1227125077514?nk=8fde3c5a3486c50716654eb657feec07

Paedophile never had sex with wife, estranged from family: inquiry

Notorious paedophile Donald Bruce Henderson, who has been accused of abusing several Aboriginal children in Darwin, is now estranged from members of his family, depressed, and had never had sex with his wife, an inquiry has been told.The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse earlier heard evidence Mr Henderson, 78, had abused children dozens of times during his time as a "house parent" at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin during the 1960s and 1970s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-17/paedophile-henderson-never-had-sex-with-wife/5896722/?site=indigenous&topic=latest

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Child sex abuse royal commission: spotlight on Anglican Church and private school in Hobart

The Anglican Church and its Hobart private school Hutchins will be in the spotlight this week when an investigation into child sexual abuse holds public hearings in Tasmania.
The Royal Commission investigating Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin its first public hearings in the state on Wednesday.
The milestone is seen as important because Tasmania is the only remaining state or territory the commission has not heard from on the public record.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25531198/child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-spotlight-on-anglican-church-and-private-school-in-hobart/

Child abuse helpline calls quadruple: survivors wait decades to seek support

Calls to Australia's leading child abuse helpline have quadrupled since the start of the royal commission with research finding many survivors wait 30 years or more before seeking support.
Analysis of the Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) professional support line has found that almost 100 people are coming forward each week with the majority of them aged over 40.
The study of 4000 callers found the most common age for abuse to occur was between 6-10 years of age, but the majority of callers seeking help were aged between 40-49 years old.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/child-abuse-helpline-calls-quadruple-survivors-wait-decades-to-seek-support-20141116-11mw5y.html

Child sexual abuse inquiry into Retta Dixon home resumes in Sydney

An inquiry that has already heard how a known pedophile escaped multiple charges of child sexual abuse at a Northern Territory home for Aboriginal children will resume today.
Oral submissions relating to the Retta Dixon home in Darwin will be made to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse sitting in Sydney.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/17/03/36/retta-dixon-inquiry-resumes-in-sydney

Retta Dixon inquiry resumes in Sydney

AN inquiry that has already heard how a known pedophile escaped multiple charges of child sexual abuse at a Northern Territory home for Aboriginal children will resume on Monday.
ORAL submissions relating to the Retta Dixon home in Darwin will be made to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse sitting in Sydney.
Monday's hearing follows a full inquiry in September where evidence was given of the harrowing treatment of Aboriginal children at the home run by an interdenominational faith group now known as Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM).

 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/retta-dixon-inquiry-resumes-in-sydney/story-fni0xqi4-1227125077514?nk=b7b3457ce13c73434a543ed70e496d43

Abuse victims finally find strength to seek support

CALLS to Australia’s leading child abuse helpline have quadrupled since the start of the royal commission with research finding many survivors wait 30 years or more before seeking support.
Analysis of the Adults Surviving Child Abuse professional support line has found that almost 100 people are coming forward each week with the majority of them aged over 40.
The study of 4000 callers found the most common age for abuse to occur was between  six and 10 years of age, but the majority of callers seeking help were aged between 40 and 49 years old.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2700813/abuse-victims-finally-find-strength-to-seek-support/?cs=305

Sacked Bishop Bill Morris to campaign for ordination of married men

Sacked Catholic Bishop Bill Morris will campaign for the ordination of married men, during a book signing tour to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.
He says he was treated unfairly and deprived of natural justice by the late Pope Benedict who had a "closed door approach" during a private meeting in Rome.
"I experienced a monologue, there was definitely no dialogue," Bishop Morris said from Brisbane on Sunday.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/sacked-bishop-bill-morris-to-campaign-for-ordination-of-married-men-20141116-11nmm2.html

Why the Internet is slowly strangling religion

Increased access to information is making it more difficult for faiths to exert total control over their followers 
 While the burgeoning atheist movement loves throwing conferences and selling books, a huge chunk–possibly most–of its resources go toward the Internet. This isn’t borne out of laziness or a hostility to wearing pants so much as a belief that the Internet is uniquely positioned as the perfect tool for sharing arguments against religion with believers who are experiencing doubts. It’s searchable, it allows back-and-forth debate, and it makes proving your arguments through links much easier. Above all else, it’s private. An online search on atheism is much easier to hide than, say, a copy of The God Delusion on your nightstand.

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/14/why_the_internet_is_slowly_strangling_religion_partner/

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Victim ‘always felt unworthy’ after sex abuse

A normal middle-class teenager’s life collapsed around him when a priest sexually assaulted him in the sick bay of a boarding school in 1979 and returned moments afterwards with a Disprin and a glass of water.
This victim of Tadhg Ó Dálaigh, aged 71, of Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, and another victim of the priest both told yesterday of attempting suicide as a result of feelings of self-loathing after the sexual abuse.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/victim-always-felt-unworthy-after-sex-abuse-297968.html

Friday, 14 November 2014

Lawyers grilled at royal commission

Two NSW government barristers have denied deliberately misleading a court to get an abuse compensation case thrown out.
Michael Cashion SC and junior counsel Steven Woods both agree they withheld information about 16 key witnesses, but believe they behaved appropriately.
The sex abuse royal commission is looking at how the NSW Crown Solicitors Officer (CSO) and the Department of Community Services (DOCS) defended a civil case brought in 2008 by 15 Aboriginal women who were physically and sexually abused at the Bethcar foster home in remote Brewarrina in the 1970s and 80s.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/14/03/38/abuse-inquiry-to-quiz-crown-lawyers

Retta Dixon: Head of mission that ran Darwin home 'tried to get Donald Henderson to admit abuse'

The head of a religious group that once employed a notorious Darwin paedophile met with him last month in an unsuccessful bid to get him to admit to child sexual abuse allegations he was never convicted of, new submissions say.
The information came as siblings of Donald Bruce Henderson prepare to meet with him this weekend, including one flying in from America, to discuss matters including the allegations of child sexual abuse.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25519349/retta-dixon-head-of-mission-that-ran-darwin-home-tried-to-get-donald-henderson-to-admit-abuse/

Child sex abuse inquiry: Barristers deny misleading court over NSW abuse compensation claims

Barristers hired by the New South Wales Government to fight compensation claims brought by victims of child sexual abuse have denied deliberately misleading the court system.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining the State Government's treatment of victims from Bethcar Children's Home in Brewarrina, north-west NSW

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-14/5890524

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Restorative justice for child sexual abuse victims

On Monday 27 October, the Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, gave a talk at the Blue Knot Day for adults surviving child abuse. In his speech he used a well-worn phrase most adults will have heard, 'children should be see but not heard.'

Abuse inquiry to quiz crown lawyers

Lawyers who were involved in a NSW defence of a compensation claim by 15 child abuse survivors will give evidence at an inquiry on Friday.
Barristers Michael Cashion and Steven Woods were retained by the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office in 2012 to argue for the dismissal of a civil claim brought by former residents of Bethcar, a foster home for Aboriginal children in Brewarrina in remote NSW.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/14/03/38/abuse-inquiry-to-quiz-crown-lawyers

Public hearing into Bethcar Children’s Home will resume Friday 14 November

The Royal Commission public hearing into Bethcar Children’s Home will resume for one day on Friday 14 November 2014 at 10:00am in Sydney.
The public hearing commenced on Wednesday 22 October and is inquiring into the responses of the State to complaints made and litigation instituted by former residents of Bethcar Children’s Home, Brewarrina, New South Wales.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1734/public-hearing-into-bethcar-children%E2%80%99s-home-will-resume-friday-14-november

Oral submissions for Case Study 17 on the Retta Dixon Home public hearing

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hear oral submissions in relation to the Retta Dixon Home public hearing on Monday 17 November 2014.
The public hearing commenced in Darwin on Monday 22 September and inquired into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children at the Retta Dixon Home.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1735/oral-submissions-for-case-study-17-on-the-retta-dixon-home-public-hearing

Recommendations on tackling sex abuse at religious, community groups must be implemented

Middle-aged men wept with joy. Women silenced by unspeakable crimes since they were girls raised three cheers for the Victorian Parliament a year ago, when I told survivors of child sexual abuse that bipartisan support had been secured to implement all recommendations from the landmark report, Betrayal of Trust.

Findings of the parliamentary inquiry revealed a cover-up that killed in religious and other non-government organisations in Victoria. Heinous crimes were exposed, blighted lives acknowledged and remedies agreed across the political divide.


http://www.smh.com.au/comment/recommendations-on-tackling-sex-abuse-at-religious-community-groups-must-be-implemented-20141113-11lkcm.html

Family court should be included in royal commission

BRAVEHEARTS founder Hetty Johnston is confident Queensland victims of institutional child sexual abuse are not being forgotten despite the royal commission only holding one public hearing in the state.
But she said The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse should expand to include the Family Court in the terms of reference. 

Parramatta Girls Home memorial among measures announced to support child sexual abuse survivors

The State Government will establish a place of recognition at the Parramatta Girls Home to pay tribute to the children who experienced sexual and physical abuse at the site.
The announcement came as part of a range of measures to help support survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in response to the Royal Commission.
It was welcomed by the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project team and Parragirls who have been working to establish the former girls home as a place of memory.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/parramatta-girls-home-memorial-among-measures-announced-to-support-child-sexual-abuse-survivors/story-fngr8huy-1227120522767

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A Christian Brother is charged re two schools in NSW in 1970s

A retired Christian Brother who taught in Catholic schools at Manly (in Sydney) and Goulburn (in southern New South Wales) has been charged with a number of historical indecent assaults on five boys. The alleged offences involved three boys at Manly and two at Goulburn, who were aged between 13 and 15 at the time, between 1973 and 1976.
The 75-year-old Brother was arrested on 10 November 2014 at a residence for Christian Brothers in southern New South Wales.
Detectives from Northern Beaches Police Command in Sydney executed a search warrant of his residence and seized documents and computers that are now undergoing further examination.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/340

New guide for sex abuse claims

New measures are being introduced to help support survivors as a first step in the NSW response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Included in the measures are 18 Guiding Principles for NSW Agencies that map out how to respond to civil claims.

http://www.psnews.com.au/nsw/Page_NSWpsn3923.html

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Australia's response to Cardinal George Pell queried by UN Committee Against Torture

A UN committee has asked the Australian government to explain its response when Cardinal George Pell backed a Vatican refusal to hand over documents to the child abuse royal commission.
The committee meeting in Geneva this week is considering Australia's fourth report on human rights and the country's implementation of the Convention against Torture.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australias-response-to-cardinal-george-pell-queried-by-un-committee-against-torture-20141112-11kqlx.html

Child abuse inquiry into yoga retreat

One of Australia's largest yoga retreats on a NSW Central Coast mountain will be the focus of a national hearing into child sexual abuse.The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says its 21st public hearing will inquire into the response of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain to allegations of child sexual abuse by a former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.Akhandananda Saraswati was charged, convicted and jailed in the late 1980s for sexually abusing teenage girls living at the Ashram.The Swami spent 14 months in prison and the convictions were overturned by the High Court appeal in 1991. He died in 1997.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/11/12/child-abuse-inquiry-into-yoga-retreat.html

Satyananda Yoga Ashram to face child sex abuse inquiry

A YOGA retreat whose former guru allegedly had sex with underage girls is in the sights of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse.
The commission yesterday announced a public ­inquiry into the response of Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual abuse by its former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/satyananda-yoga-ashram-to-face-child-sex-abuse-inquiry/story-fnii5s3y-1227119971719?nk=774a589e6ae8cb54bdd7765888005c33

Ashram abuse allegations to be aired at Royal Commission

CHILD sexual abuse allegations that shattered the reputation of a secluded, idyllic Central Coast ashram in the 1980s will be aired at a December public hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.
The commission will investigate the response of the Mangrove Mountain Satyananda yoga ashram to child sexual abuse allegations against its spiritual founder Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, who was charged, convicted and jailed in the late 1980s but had the convictions overturned on appeal.
It will hear evidence about how the ashram responded to the allegations or reports of child sexual abuse against the swami between 1974 and 2014.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2689927/ashram-abuse-allegations-to-be-aired-at-royal-commission/?cs=12

British archbishop who claimed diplomatic immunity to avoid handing documents to paedophile investigators is promoted to third highest role in Vatican by the Pope

Archbishop Paul Gallagher appointed by Pope Francis as foreign minister
    Refused to hand over documents on two priests who abused 100 children
    He was asked about Father Denis McAlinden as Church was aware of crimes
    Also requested to give evidence about paedophile Father James Fletcher
    But cited diplomatic immunity to avoid handing in response to requests
A British archbishop, appointed by Pope Francis as his new foreign minister, claimed diplomatic immunity to avoid handing over Vatican documents to prosecutors investigating two paedophile priests.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2828462/British-archbishop-claimed-diplomatic-immunity-avoid-handing-documents-paedophile-investigators-promoted-highest-role-Vatican-Pope.html

Royal Commission to hold public hearing into Satyananda Yoga Ashram

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney from 2 December 2014 at 10:00am.
The public hearing will inquire into the response of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram located at Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales, to allegations of child sexual abuse by the Ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
  1. The response between 1974 and 2014 of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales, to allegations or reports of child sexual abuse made against Swami Akhandananda Saraswati.
  2. The operation of the Ashram between 1974 and 1989 in relation to matters of child sexual abuse.
  3. The systems, policies and procedures in place at the Ashram between 1974 and 1989, and currently, in relation to raising and responding to allegations of or concerns about child sexual abuse.
  4. Any related matters.
http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1733/royal-commission-to-hold-public-hearing-into-satyananda-yoga-ashram

The church kept quiet about Brother Neil Richards' crimes but now he is locked up, awaiting his sentence

Helped by Broken Rites, some of the victims of Christian Brother Desmond Eric ("Neil") Richards have achieved justice. On 7 November 2014, a Sydney court ordered that Richards (aged 75) be taken into custody to await his sentence for indecently assaulting young boys in the 1970s and '80s. The church had known for years about Richards' crimes but the crimes were concealed from the police (and from the public). And the Christian Brothers appointed him to be in charge of their worldwide website in Rome.
Brother "Neil" Richards has spent more than half a century as a Christian Brother, including as a headmaster, in Catholic schools in Sydney and regional New South Wales. When Desmond Eric Richards joined the order, a new Brother would normally adopt a new forename. Hence, he became Brother "Neil" Richards.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/314

Clergyman's promotion in Rome angers sex abuse survivors in the Hunter Valley

A high profile promotion of a senior Catholic figure in Rome has outraged some Hunter Valley clergy abuse survivors still reeling from a diplomatic stoush involving the clergyman.
In May the United Nations Committee Against Torture criticised the Vatican's representative in Australia Archbishop Paul Gallagher for claiming diplomatic immunity in refusing to hand over documents.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-11/clergyman27s-promotion-angers-sex-abuse-survivors-in-the-hunte/5883046

Royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse targets former religious guru of Mangrove Mountain ashram

A MANGROVE Mountain ashram whose former religious guru allegedly had sex with under age girls is in the sights of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse.
The commission has today announced that it will hold a public inquiry into the response of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual abuse by the ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.
Swami Akhandananda Saraswati was charged in 1987 with more than 35 sex offences against four girls after police were called to the ashram.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/royal-commission-into-institutional-responses-to-child-sex-abuse-targets-former-religious-guru-of-mangrove-mountain-ashram/story-fni0cx12-1227119291141

Aust response to Pell queried at UN

A UN committee will hear how the Australian government responded when George Pell backed a Vatican refusal to hand over child abuse documentation.
A UN committee has asked the Australian government to explain its response when Cardinal George Pell backed a Vatican refusal to hand over documents to the child abuse royal commission.
The committee meeting in Geneva this week is considering Australia's fourth report on human rights and the country's implementation of the Convention against Torture.
It has received several submissions from non-government organisations in Australia including two from networks representing survivors of institutional and clerical child abuse.
Geneva members of the Committee Against Torture raised the issue of Cardinal Pell's defence of a Vatican decision not to hand over all documents relating to child sex abuse by clerics in Australia.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/11/aust-response-pell-queried-un

Monday, 10 November 2014

No charges over abuse at NSW institutions

The federal government has been told that the alleged perpetrators of shocking abuse at NSW-run girls homes never faced any criminal investigation.

No criminal charges were ever laid against 11 men who allegedly raped and bashed girls in two NSW-run institutions, a federal inquiry says.
In a report to the federal government on Monday, the royal commission into child sexual abuse names the men who allegedly perpetrated repeated acts of brutality against children in the 1960s and 70s at the notorious Parramatta Girls Training School and Hay Institution.
Eight of the alleged abusers are now dead, but three - Noel Greenway, Ronald Ward and Frank Valentine - are still living, the report says.
"However, our inquiries suggest that not one of these men was ever charged with a criminal offence."

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/10/no-charges-over-abuse-nsw-institutions

AUSTRALIA/GENEVA- UN scrutinizi​ng Cardinal Pell's response to Royal Commission request for files

AUSTRALIA/GENEVA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by PriestsTHE FAILURES OF AUSTRALIA TO PROTECT AGAINST AND PROVIDE REDRESS FOR THE SYSTEMIC SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND COVER-UP BY CATHOLIC CLERGY AND OTHER INSTITUTIONAL OFFICIALSFor Immediate Release Monday Nov 10, 2014Statement by Nicky Davis of SNAP Australia (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) +61 0422 538 440The UN Committee Against Torture, meeting in Geneva this week, questioned Australian Government officials. They want answers regarding Cardinal George Pell's refusal to hand over documents about child sex crimes by Catholic officials, to the Royal Commission.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/australia_geneva_un_scrutinizi_ng_cardinal_pell_s_response_to_royal_commission_request_for_files

THE FAILURES OF AUSTRALIA TO PROTECT ...

AUSTRALIA/GENEVA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
THE FAILURES OF AUSTRALIA TO PROTECT AGAINST AND PROVIDE REDRESS FOR THE SYSTEMIC SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND COVER-UP BY CATHOLIC CLERGY AND OTHER INSTITUTIONAL OFFICIALS
Shadow Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture In Connection with its Review of Australia
53rd Session, November 2014
I. Reporting Organisation
This report is submitted by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests – Australia (SNAP) which has provided support to and sought justice and healing for Australian survivors of clergy sexual abuse for the past five years. SNAP Australia is part of an international network that was founded 25 years ago by a small group of survivors of rape and sexual violence committed by clergy within the Catholic Church. Today, the Network has over 20,000 members in 79 countries with support groups in 65 cities.

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CAT/Shared%20Documents/AUS/INT_CAT_NGO_AUS_18631_E.pdf

Former priest charged with indecency

A former Catholic priest has been charged with historical indecent assaults on a number of children in Sydney's Northern Beaches.The 75-year-old was arrested at his Cootamundra home on Monday after police seized a number of documents and computers from the premises.In May, investigators information about alleged a series of alleged indecent assaults involving five boys between 1973 and 1976, at schools in Manly and Goulburn.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/sydney/2014/11/10/former-priest-charged-with-indecency.html

Police charge former Catholic Priest - Cootamundra

Police have charged a former Catholic Priest in relation to alleged historical indecent assaults upon a number of children in the Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

In May, investigators from Northern Beaches Local Area Command received information about alleged indecent assault matters involving five boys and commenced an investigation.

Officers will allege that the offences occurred between 1973 and 1976, at schools in Manly and Goulburn.

About 9am today (Monday 10 November 2014), officers attended a home in Cootamundra and arrested a 75-year-old man.

http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/latest_releases?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGZWJpenByZC5wb2xpY2UubnN3Lmdvdi5hdSUyRm1lZGlhJTJGNDIxOTguaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D

Olympic officials to be vetted for abuse

AUSTRALIAN Olympic team officials and coaches will undergo mandatory working with children checks in the lead-up to the Rio games in 2016.
AUSTRALIAN Olympic Committee President John Coates said the move was sparked by revelations at the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
"I want us to try and set the highest standard possible here in protecting athletes," he said. Mr Coates has consulted with British and US counterparts on the issue of child abuse in elite sport and praised their vigorous policies. Australia was looking at similar policies.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/olympic-officials-to-be-vetted-for-abuse/story-fni0xqi3-1227117389324?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20dailytelegraphbreakingnewsndm%20%28Daily%20Telegraph%20|%20Breaking%20News%29&nk=774a589e6ae8cb54bdd7765888005c33

Combating child abuse a high priority - Coate

AOC: All coaches, staff and officials must undergo a mandatory Working with Children Check before they can join the Australian Olympic Team at the 2016 Rio Games.
Concerned by the revelations at the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, the President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) John Coates has introduced the policy “to protect all members of our Olympic Teams and create a child safe environment”.
“In order to properly safeguard our athletes and uphold the behavioural standards required of an Australian Olympic Team member, Working with Children checks are mandatory.”

http://corporate.olympics.com.au/news/combating-child-abuse-a-high-priority-coates

Blenheim priest discharged without conviction

A former Blenheim priest has been discharged without conviction on a charge of indecent assault.
Former St Mary's parish priest father Alastair Aidan Kay, 71, appeared in the Blenheim District Court this morning for sentencing on the charge against a male over 16, which he admitted in September.
His lawyer, Rob Harrison, argued the offending had been at the lower end of the scale, despite being a "gross breach of trust".

Judge Bruce Davidson said by the narrowist of margins he was satisfied the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the gravity of the offending.
 

Priest's conviction could stop return to Australia

A Blenheim priest who admitted indecently assaulting a man at a parish presbytery has been discharged without conviction, after arguing being sentenced would stop him entering Australia.
Former St Mary's parish priest Alastair Aidan Kay appeared in the Blenheim District Court this morning for sentencing, but was adjourned so his lawyer could prove the consequences of a conviction.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Wollongong lawyer calls for right to sue church

A Wollongong lawyer, whose client was embroiled in a battle with the Catholic Church, claims new measures to help survivors of institutionalised child sex abuse fail to address fundamental legal problems with the church.
Mark Johnston spent nearly a year trying to get a fair settlement for a man who had allegedly been repeatedly abused by a Christian Brother at Edmund Rice College.
No criminal charges have ever been laid against the brother over the alleged abuse.

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2684244/wollongong-lawyer-calls-for-right-to-sue-church/?cs=12

Friday, 7 November 2014

Transparency key to regaining faith

PERHAPS the saddest thing about the ongoing Royal Commission into institutional sex abuse is that there will be no winners at the end of the day.
No-one is doubting the need for the inquiry, though, as hours upon hours of heart-rending testimony from victims has proved.
But it’s hard to imagine anyone walking away from the whole harrowing process feeling good about it.
It’s to be hoped that victims will take some solace from the fact their cries for help are
finally being heard but, in too many cases, it has come far too late.

http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/2681359/transparency-key-to-regaining-faith/?cs=115

Catholic church confronting sins of the past: TJH chief Francis Sullivan

RELIGIOUS leaders have shown their support for reform within the Catholic Church in its efforts to prevent future child sexual abuse within the organisation.
Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive officer Francis Sullivan was in Bathurst yesterday to speak with a group of 40 local church officials including Bishop Michael McKenna, priests and representatives from Catholic welfare and health organisations about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the church’s response to it.

http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/2681492/faith-healing/?cs=115

Swim chiefs wrong to hire Volkers: inquiry

Swimming Australia should never have put coach Scott Volkers in charge of the national women's team, a royal commission has been advised.
The child sex abuse inquiry has also been advised by its chief counsel to find the swimming body did not follow its own mandatory screening policy by not asking Volkers about his suitability to work with children.
Counsel assisting Gail Furness said that before employing Volkers as head coach, Swimming Australia knew he was the subject of sex abuse allegations from three former students in the 1980s.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/07/19/26/swim-chiefs-wrong-to-hire-volkers-inquiry

Scott Volkers' legal team asks royal commission not to recommend charges

The legal team representing Scott Volkers has asked the child sex abuse royal commission not to recommend charges against the former national women's swim coach in relation to alleged offences against three young swimmers.
In a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Volkers' legal team said their intention was to "dissuade" the royal commission from recommending that the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions reconsider a 2004 decision not to prosecute the coach.

http://www.watoday.com.au/national/scott-volkers-legal-team-asks-royal-commission-not-to-recommend-charges-20141107-11itv4.html

Second victim speaks out against former Holy Spirit teacher

A former teacher at Bellambi’s Holy Spirit College sacked after sexually abusing a student in the early 1990s has pleaded guilty to molestation charges involving another student years earlier.
Gregory Allan Cain’s seven-year employment at the school as a sports and physical education teacher was terminated in August 1992 after allegations emerged he had sexually and indecently assaulted a 15-year-old student a few months earlier.
Cain avoided jail at the time, instead being ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2681911/victim-of-sacked-holy-spirit-teacher-speaks-out/?cs=12

A Christian Brother is locked up, awaiting his sentence for child-sex crimes

Helped by Broken Rites, victims of Christian Brother "Neil" Richards have achieved justice. On 7 November 2014, Desmond Eric Richards (known as Brother "Neil" Richards) was taken into custody to await his sentence for indecent assaulting young boys in the 1970s and '80s.
Brother Richards (aged 75 when he appeared in court) had a long career as a Christian Brother, including as a headmaster, in Catholic schools in New South Wales. He was charged under his birth name, Desmond Eric Richards.
The court was told that, after the boys had been sexually assaulted by Brother Richards, they were regularly beaten with a strap.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/314

Chicago Archdiocese’s Shocking Priest Abuse Revealed

In a disturbing document dump outlining lurid clerical abuse and a trail of coverups, retiring Cardinal Francis George tries to clear his conscience.
Some of the accusations against perverted priests are handwritten letters penned by worried mothers. Others are emails sent decades after the abuses occurred. There are letters so old the mimeographed typewriting is smudged and difficult to read. There are emails so recent, they call into question just how much of the clerical abuse is still going on.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/06/chicago-archdiocese-s-shocking-priest-abuse-revealed.html

Former NSW Brother awaits jail sentence

A former Christian Brother will spend his first night behind bars for indecently assaulting four boys at NSW schools more than 30 years ago.
Desmond Eric Richards had his bail revoked at the Downing Centre District Court on Friday ahead of his sentencing on November 27.
The 75-year-old has pleaded guilty to abusing four boys between 1972 and 1982 in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Strathfield in Sydney's inner west.
Although the court was told that Richards claimed to have no memory of the incidents, the former brother had said he was "very concerned" about the impact his behaviour has had.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/11/07/14/20/former-nsw-brother-awaits-jail-sentence

Christian Brother who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting boys in NSW has bail revoked

A Christian Brother who pleaded guilty to assaulting boys at schools across New South Wales has had his bail revoked in a Sydney court.
Desmond Eric Richards, also known as Brother Neil, taught at numerous schools run by the Christian Brothers Catholic order.
He spent the later years of his career at the Vatican, but was arrested when he visited Australia a year ago.
Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting four boys in the 1970s and 1980s.
The offences included touching a boy's genitals, and on one occasion he got into a boy's bed on a school camp at Arcadia in north-west Sydney.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-07/christian-brother-who-assaulted-boys-bail-revoked/5874956

Ex- Christian Brothers headmaster Desmond Richards taken into custody pending likely jail term for assaulting boys

A former Chistian Brothers headmaster has been taken into custody ahead of a likely jail sentence for indecent assaulting young boys in the 1970s and '80s.
Desmond Eric Richards, also known as Brother Neil Richards, pleaded guilty this year to assaulting four young boys aged between 11 and 13 while working at Christian Brothers schools in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Strathfield.
During a sentencing hearing on Friday, the District Court heard that, after assaulting the boys, Richards, now 75, whipped them repeatedly with a strap.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ex-christian-brothers-headmaster-desmond-richards-taken-into-custody-pending-likely-jail-term-for-assaulting-boys-20141107-11ijw5.html