Jailed Christian brother ‘satanic’: victim

9 News

He professed to be a man of God, but outside a Victorian court where he was jailed for child sex abuse, former Christian Brother Edward “Ted” Bales was called evil and satanic.

The 65-year-old has been ordered to serve at least three years of a six-year prison sentence for indecently assaulting 20 boys under his care at Victorian schools in the 1970s and 1980s.

Bales, formerly known as Edward Vernon Dowlan, changed his name to avoid the publicity of being associated with convicted pedophiles Brother Robert Best and Brother Stephen Farrell, whom he taught alongside at St Alipius school in Ballarat.

Fr Gerald Ridsdale, who was chaplain of the school, is Australia’s worst pedophile priest.

Victorian County Court Judge Richard Smith said Bales was a renowned disciplinarian in the school yard.

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