Former Principal Here Sentenced in Australia

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 9, 1996

The former head of a Catholic school in Florissant was sentenced Friday to up to 18 years in jail for at least 20 sex offenses he committed against grade school students in Australia.

Gregory J. Sutton, 45, headed St. Dismas School in Florissant from 1993 until August 1995, when Australian authorities moved to extradite him.

Sutton must serve a minimum sentence of 13 1/2 years, making him eligible for parole on Feb. 14, 2009.

Florissant Police Chief Robert Lowery Sr. said he was pleased to hear that Sutton was going to prison. He also said that no allegations of wrongdoing here had surfaced.

Sutton pleaded guilty on Aug. 2 to indecently assaulting girls and boys, some as young as 9. Those assaults took place between 1984 and 1987, when Sutton was a member of the Marist religious order and taught school in Campbelltown and Lismore in New South Wales.

On Thursday, Sutton pleaded guilty to 37 new charges of sexual assault on 15 children from 1976 to 1986 in Sydney and northern New South Wales.

He admitted to the assaults after being interviewed by police in jail.

Church officials here had no comment about Sutton's sentencing.


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