Abuse Allegations Shock Old Boys

By Brian Wood
Western Advocate

August 27, 2008

THERE was a feeling of shock among several ex-students of St Stanislaus’ College yesterday following revelations police were investigating several former staff members over claims of sexual abuse dating back more than 20 years.

Police yesterday confirmed they were speaking to 13 people who had contacted them with allegations they were victims of abuse.

However, they would not rule out the possibility of others also coming forward as their investigations widen.

A 65-year-old former priest at the Catholic private school is facing 33 charges following investigations into allegations of a paedophile ring comprising priests and teachers at the school during the 1980s.

Local businessman Pip McIntosh attended Stannies from 1979-1984.

He said yesterday he never had any idea, or heard any rumours, of the allegations which have surfaced.

“I didn’t have a clue these types of things were going on,” he said. “I never heard any mention of it. When I read the newspapers this morning I was shocked, just dumbfounded.

“However, I really feel for the victims of the abuse.

“I hope the offenders get the justice they deserve once all this comes out.”

Mr McIntosh said he has only fond memories of his time at Stannies.

“I had a great time up there,” he said.

“The best thing about the school was the sport and the mateship.

“I made lifelong friends.”

Local financial planner Simon Little attended Stannies from 1986-91.

“I enjoyed it,” he said.

“There was never any problems and I never heard anything about the supposed goings on that are surfacing now.

“The first this came to light was about August last year when someone posted some correspondence on the internet about it all.

“I was as shocked as anyone then and am just as shocked now that it’s gone this far.”


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