Australian Broadcasting Corporation
September 30, 2020
By Jamie McKinnell
The first senior Catholic to plead guilty to concealing child sexual abuse in Australia has escaped jail despite a judge acknowledging his “reprehensible” inaction contributed to “terrible consequences”.
William Wade admitted to failing to provide information to police during a 2014 investigation into abuse at Marist schools in the 1970s.
.Wade’s roles at Marist Brothers schools included headmaster in Canberra, at Hamilton, in Newcastle, and Kogarah, in Sydney alongside convicted child sex offenders Darcy O’Sullivan, known as Brother Dominic, and Francis Cable, known as Brother Romuald.
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