Catholic headmaster walks free despite concealing abuse allegations

NCA Newswire via The Australian

September 30, 2020

By Steve Zemek

A convicted sex offender and former school principal has been spared prison despite failing to disclose to police details of sexual abuse allegations levelled at Catholic colleagues in what’s believed to be a first in Australia.

William Wade was on Wednesday allowed to walk free from Sydney’s Downing Centre despite the leniency of his sentence angering his former victims.

The 84-year-old pleaded guilty in the District Court to seven counts of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person after he omitted key information during a police interview about two teachers who sexually abused students at Hamilton Marist school in Newcastle in the 1970s.

The court heard how seven students came to him claiming they had been abused by Darcy O’Sullivan and Francis Cable – both of whom are serving prison sentences for indecently assaulting multiple boys.

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