Ex-Teacher Faces More Child Sex Charges

By Jonathan Dart
Sydney Morning Herald
November 10, 2008

Alleged pedophile and former Bathurst schoolteacher Peter Dwyer faces more charges.

The court case against the former St Stanislaus' College teacher has been adjourned so police can gather more evidence.

He faced a packed Bathurst District Court today charged with four child sex offences dating back to his tenure as school president in the early 1980s.

The prosecutor, Beth Walker, asked the court for an adjournment until December 22, with police still gathering evidence for possible further charges.

"I hope by that time to have sufficient material so I can make an adequate recommendation to the Director [of Public Prosecutions]," Ms Walker said. "Further charges will be confirmed by that time."

Dwyer, who was acting as a parish priest in Armidale when he was arrested in September, also applied to have his bail conditions altered so that he could report to police in Coffs Harbour.

Two of Dwyer's former colleagues, John Gaven and Brian Spillane, were also in court today facing child sex charges. Their hearings were adjourned until 2pm.

Outside the court, Dwyer was flanked by a group of about 20 supporters who attempted to shield him from the media waiting outside.

He told a group of onlookers outside the court the case was "breaking my spirit".

Also outside the court, his lawyer, Greg Walsh, said the case was turning into "trial by media".


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