Catholic Brother on sexual assault charges

A former Catholic Brother has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of boys at a Blacktown school in the '80s.

Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad have charged a former Catholic Brother with additional offences relating to the alleged historical sexual assault of children at a Blacktown school.

Strike Force Avia was established in October 2011 to investigate alleged assaults upon a number of children on school grounds at a Catholic college at Blacktown and a Catholic primary school at Lalor Park in the 1980s.

Four men – two teachers and two former Catholic Brothers – have already been arrested and charged by Strike Force Avia detectives.

Yesterday (Tuesday 20 May 2014), one of the former Catholic Brothers was charged with additional offences, specifically relating to sexual offences he allegedly committed against an 11-year-old boy on numerous occasions throughout 1980.

The former Brother, now aged 59 and living in Lithgow, was charged with:

- One count of buggery;

- One count of attempt buggery; and,

- Nine counts of indecent assault.

He is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court today (Wednesday 21 May 2014).

State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of experienced detectives dedicated to investigating crimes of a sexual nature, regardless of the passage of time.

Any person who has been a victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the incident occurred, is encouraged to make a report at their local police station.

Anyone with information about sexual abuse should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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