Vincentian Brother Arrested in School Sex Swoop

By Gemma Jones, Vikki Campion
Herald Sun

September 3, 2008,21985,24287339-662,00.html

POLICE have swooped on a former St Stanislaus College brother at his Sydney home as their pedophile investigation dramatically widened.

John Gaven, 66, a Vincentian brother, was handcuffed and led from his church lodgings in Vincentia St, Marsfield, shortly after midday today.

The dramatic arrest comes a day after 65-year-old former priest Brian Joseph Spillane, from Sydney, had 33 charges of sexually abusing students at the Bathurst college during the 1980s upgraded to a total of 93 charges.

A third former priest from the school is being investigated by police.

Gaven refused to comment as he was led away by police with a dark hooded jumpger over his head.

Detectives searched his room at the property named VinYard and seized 20 bags and five boxes of items.

The Vincentian brother now works with HIV sufferers in Sydney but has had strong ties to St Stanislaus, where a rugby refereeing award is named in his honour.

He has also spent more than a decade working with young people through the St Vincent De Paul youth team.

His order of Vincentian Fathers has not returned phone calls since news of the scandal broke last week.

Gaven was living only a block from St Andrews Primary School and a scout hall on a quiet leafy street of apartments for the elderly.

In another development, police have arrested a 63-year-old former teacher from an Anglican school in Bathurst relating to alleged sexual assaults at that school dating from the late 1970s.

He was arrested in Brisbane.

"Strike Force Belle was established to investigate claims of historical sexual assault by a number of former students at a Bathurst college," a police spokesman said.

"As a result of additional information, Strike Force Belle has now been expanded to investigate allegations of sexual assault upon former students at two secondary schools in Bathurst."


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