A Catholic Brother is charged re Sydney school children

Police have charged a retired Catholic religious Brother over the alleged historical indecent assaults of school children in Sydney.

A media release from New South Wales police (on 6 November 2013) says that, between 1972 and 1981, four boys (all aged 12) were allegedly indecently assaulted by a teacher at schools in Strathfield and Lidcombe (in Sydney's inner-west), or while on camp at Dural (in Sydney's north-west).

In June 2013, police from Kuring-Gai Local Area Command were alerted to the alleged incidents and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, a 75-year-old man was arrested at Strathfield just before 9.30am on  5 November 2013. The man, a retired Catholic brother who now lives in Rome, was taken to Sydney's Campsie Police Station where he was charged with four counts of indecent assault on a male. Later that day, he appeared in Sydney's Burwood Local Court, where he was given conditional bail to reappear in court on a future date.