The Marist Brothers order has been the subject of more sexual abuse complaints than any in Australia except the Christian Brothers.

Marist brother jailed for sex abuse - Comment on 2015 March 26 (2)

Website: countdown4us.com
Home | Comments | Creation | Redemption Period | Miscellaneous
Home > Comments > 2015 > Comment on 2015 March 26 (2)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012  |  2013 | 2014 | 2015 |
End: Go to the end of this webpage.

A Marist brother who subjected a boy to years of sexual abuse at an exclusive Sydney school has been jailed for at least one year and nine months. Read more:

Today I read several articles about sex abuse by Marist brothers.

One article, dated March 21, 2015, reports this:

A former Catholic brother has been arrested over a number of sex offences allegedly committed at two Sydney schools in the 1980s.

The former brother, who was working at the Marist Brothers schools when the alleged assaults occurred, was arrested at Tweed Heads Police Station on Friday afternoon.

He was charged with four counts of sexual assault (indecent assault under 16 under authority) and six counts of sexual assault (sexual intercourse under 16 under authority).

The arrest came on the same day as a former dorm master from St Joseph's was jailed for sexually assaulting a student after nine separate trials spanning 13 years, and more than 30 years after the abuse took place.

John Dennis Maguire, 71, who worked at the school between 1978 to 1986, was sentenced to a minimum sentence of one year and nine months jail for six separate assaults on an 11-year-old boy in 1983 while he was employed as the boy's dorm master. Maguire had previously faced court over sexual assault charges but was acquitted seven times.

The former principal of St Gregory's, Peter Pemble, who stepped down due to ill health in 2008, pleaded guilty to an indecent assault charge last year.

Allegations of child sexual abuse in Marist Brothers schools in the ACT, NSW and Queensland were the subject of an inquiry by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse last year.

The commission heard that the Catholic order's Sydney province received 128 complaints about child sexual abuse in the decade to 2012, according to evidence before the commission. The order has been the subject of more sexual abuse complaints than any in Australia except the Christian Brothers.

The Marist Brothers order has been the subject of more sexual abuse complaints than any in Australia except the Christian Brothers.

Maguire

John Dennis Maguire, former dorm master at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, departing the Downing Centre Court on Friday.

Now follow extracts from another article, dated March 20, 2015:

Marist brother jailed for sex abuse

A Marist brother who subjected a boy to years of sexual abuse at an exclusive Sydney school has been jailed for at least one year and nine months.

More than three decades after he crept into the room of a Sydney student and sexually abused him, a Marist brother has been sentenced to at least 21 months in prison.

After eight other trials in which he was acquitted, John Dennis Maguire, 71, showed no emotion as he was sent to jail for the first time.

The 71-year-old was convicted of six counts of indecent assault, relating to the abuse of a student at the exclusive St Joseph's College in Sydney's Hunters Hill in the 1980s.

The court has heard the boy, who was aged 11 and 12 at the times of the sexual abuse, had oral sex performed on him and, on four occasions, was lured into a room where Maguire indecently assaulted him.

On one occasion while the boy was sleeping in a school dorm, which Maguire was in charge of, he awoke to find the then 39-year-old half-naked, crouching next to his bed performing oral sex on him.

Maguire then took the boy into his office and continued the abuse.

In sentencing him at Sydney's District Court, Judge Peter Whitford said Maguire "was like a father figure to the victim".

"He was well aware of the victim's frailty," he said.

"He had ample opportunity to think about his conduct but continued his behaviour."

Maguire, the court heard, steadfastly maintained his innocence.

His solicitor Greg Walsh had previously argued a suspended sentence should be considered owing to his age, lack of reoffending and the difficult time he would have in prison.

He said Maguire was a "truly a broken man".

But Judge Whitford said there was a need for general deterrence and to show that "yielding to sexual impulses towards children" would end in punishment.

He was sentenced to at least one year and nine months' imprisonment and a maximum of three years.

He will be eligible for parole in December next year.

"What has taken place is a tragedy for all involved," Marist Brothers Australia said in a statement after Maguire's sentencing.

"That any young person placed in our care has been abused is a matter of great regret and remorse for us all."

See
2012 Nov 22 Australia: Catholic Church harboured known paedophiles and shielded them from police scrutiny
2014 Jun 10 Catholic Church Systematic terror

 

Back to: 2015 March 26 (2)
Top: Go to the top of this webpage.
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012  |  2013 | 2014 | 2015 |
Home | Comments | Creation | Redemption Period | Miscellaneous
Site Map: For an overview of this website and for access to the individual webpages.
The web address of this webpage is:
http://www.countdown4us.com/en022015/en022015056.htm