Police Broaden Probe into School Sex Abuse

ABC News

August 26, 2008

Police in New South Wales have broadened their investigation into alleged sexual assaults at a Catholic boarding school in Bathurst around 30 years ago.

Earlier this year police charged a 65-year-old Sydney man with 33 counts of sexual assault and gross acts of indecency on five juveniles aged between 10 and 18.

The offences allegedly occurred at St Stanislaus College in the 1970s and 80s.

The man has faced court and is scheduled to reappear next month.

Since then, a further eight people have come forward alleging similar assaults.

The commander of the Bathurst-based Chifley Command, Superintendent Michael Goodwin, says the investigation is ongoing.

Abuse charges: St Stanislaus College in Bathurst

"If there's anyone out there that is currently concerned they may be the subject of this particular investigation they are urged to come forward in the strictest confidence and contact CrimeStoppers," he said.

"These allegations happened some 20 odd years ago, there is absolutely no suggestion whatsoever that the college involved is/has been looking to anything in the current day.

"The college involved has been cooperating with the police completely with this inquiry."

The school's principal says he is not aware of any current paedophile activity at the school.

John Edwards says the allegations are "gravely concerning" and he hopes they are properly dealt with by the courts.

"It is absolutely a requirement for this matter to be open, for this matter to be addressed and this matter to be resolved," he said.

"This school is very concerned to ensure that children are treated well and that their interests are protected."


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