School Ejects Child-sex Suspect

The Standard

September 4, 2008

The head of a prestigious Australian boarding school has said a man charged with committing sexual abuse at the school was ejected after trying to attend an event for young Catholic pilgrims.

St Stanislaus principal John Edwards said the 66-year-old Catholic brother was told to leave after organizers found he was suspected of sexual abuse at the school in the 1970s and 80s.

The school was hosting a gathering for pilgrims who were in Australia for the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival in July.

The brother worked at St Stanislaus' College until the early 1990s.

On his visit to Australia in July, Pope Benedict publicly condemned sexual predators in the church, apologizing to their victims.

On Wednesday, the man was charged with 28 child sex offenses related to the time he worked at the school. Police have not released his name, but Edwards said he had worked at St Stanislaus for many years in various capacities - and even served as its vice president.

A brother is not a priest but usually a lay member of a religious order.

The suspect is one of four men - including a priest - charged with more than 100 counts of abuse at St Stanislaus and the Anglican All Saints College in Bathurst, 200 kilometers west of Sydney.

All have been released on bail and are due to appear in court later this year.


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