July 10, 2020
By Declan Brennan and Brion Hoban
A former school principal convicted of sexually abusing seven of his pupils has been jailed for three years.
After a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last March, Patrick Harte (78) was convicted of 11 counts of indecently assaulting seven pupils at the Sancta Maria Christian Brothers primary school on Synge Street, Dublin between September 1968 and September 1970.
The court heard that when gardai put the victims’ allegations to Harte in 2015, the former teacher claimed they had “a vendetta against him”.
Anne Rowland SC, prosecuting, told the court that there was no evidence that any of the victims were ever in contact with each other since the offending took place. Detective Garda Garvan Ware said “as far as I’m concerned, they are all independent”.
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