Christian Brother Desmond Richards jailed for indecent assault of boys

Sydney Morning Herald

November 27, 2014

Paul Bibby

A former Christian Brothers headmaster who abused his position to indecently assault students in the 1970s and ’80s, but says he now has no memory of doing so, has been sentenced to at least two years’ jail.

Desmond Eric Richards, 73, assaulted four boys aged between 11 and 13 while working at Christian Brothers schools in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Strathfield between 1971 and 1989.

The Downing Centre District Court heard on Thursday that Richards would use his authority as a headmaster or teacher to order the boys into his office or an empty classroom, and then molest them.

In 1976, one victim, “GB”, was called into a classroom by Richards and told: “Mate, you have been in
He then kissed and molested the boy while holding him so he could not get away.

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