Marist brother charged over historic child sex offences, NSW

A Marist brother will appear in court next month charged over historic child sex offences allegedly committed more than 50 years ago, NSW Police say.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad established Strike Force Gallagher to investigate allegations of sexual abuse at a boarding school at Hunters Hill in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The allegations were raised at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives today (Tuesday 12 December 2017), charged a 77-year-old man with nine counts of incite act of indecency, and four counts of indecent assault.

Police will allege in court the offences involved four students and occurred while the man worked at a Hunters Hill boarding school between 1966 and 1970.

The man has strict bail conditions and is due to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 29 January, 2018.

If any member of the public has information in relation to Strike Force Gallagher, they should contact Crime Stoppers.

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