Oz student expelled for reporting sex abuse

September 15th, 2008 - 7:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Sept 15 (ANI): A former student of a Catholic school in Australia has revealed that he was expelled after he witnessed child sex abuse, and reported it more than two decades ago.

Three staff members from St Stanslaus” College in central west New South Wales in the 1970s and 1980s are facing charges for child sex charges relating to the alleged molestation of boys, reports News.com.au

Catholic Brother John Gaven, priest Peter Dwyer and former priest Brian Spillane face a total of 128 child sex charges.

Spillane, 65, from Narwee in Sydney’’s southwest, appeared in Bathurst Local Court today on 93 charges relating to more than eight victims.

The former student now in his 30s told the court that he had witnessed the abuse of up to 60 fellow students, and was expelled from the school after making a complaint in 1986, when he was in Year 7.

However, Spillanes barrister, Greg Walsh also mentioned the cases of Father Dwyer and Mr Gaven before Magistrate Thomas Hodgson, saying all three men were pleading not guilty to all charges.

Former students of the college have come forward with allegations that boys were sexually abused during hypnotic late-night prayer and chanting sessions. (ANI)

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