Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ninth man Charged Over St Stanislaus sex Assualt Claims

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A NINTH man has been charged over historic sexual assault claims at a prestigious boarding school for boys in central western NSW.

Detectives have been investigating claims of child sexual assault dating back to 1960 at St Stanislaus Catholic College at Bathurst for almost 12 months.

A 79-year-old man was arrested at a Marsfield address in Sydney's north on Tuesday, police said.

"The man was taken to Ryde police station and charged with five counts of indecent assault on (a) male,'' police said in a statement.

"Those charges relate to the alleged indecent assault of three students between 1966 and 1978.''

He was granted bail and is to face Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on June 25.

Investigations have led to charges against staff including the school's former principal, vice-principal and chaplain.

Police are yet to reveal if the man was teacher at the school at the time of the alleged offences.

The latest arrest came as the case of one of the other eight accused was mentioned in a Sydney court on Tuesday.

Kevin Phillips, 58, was a member of the Vincentian community at St Stanislaus for a few months in 1990. He was also a part-time teacher and sports coach.

He has been charged with attempting homosexual intercourse by a teacher on a student, committing a gross act of indecency and supplying a prohibited drug.

Phillips, who now lives in Mackay in Queensland, was excused from appearing when his matter was mentioned in Downing Centre Local Court.

It was adjourned until September 8 so lawyers can analyse a computer hard drive seized during his arrest in May.

Strike Force Belle is investigating allegations of sexual assault on students at St Stanislaus and All Saints College, also in Bathurst, between 1960 and 1993.

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