A lay teacher is jailed for crimes at two Catholic schools in Sydney

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated on 12 December 2014)

Alan James Pollock originally was a trainee Brother in the Catholic religious order of Patrician Brothers but later he left the brotherhood and then worked as a lay teacher in Sydney Catholic schools, where he committed sexual crimes against children. Years later, eleven of his victims reported his crimes to the police. Finally, on 12 December 2014 he was jailed.

In two separate court cases during 2014, Alan James Pollock (aged 60) pleaded guilty to committing sexual offences against children at two Catholic schools in western Sydney in the 1980s. These schools were:

  • Patrician Brothers College in Blacktown (a boys' school), where Pollock was acting as a relief teacher; and
  • St Bernadette's primary school in Lalor Park (a parish primary school for girls and boys).

In June 2014, in a case for the male victims, Pollock pleaded guilty regarding two boys. On 2 September 2014, in a case for the female victims, he pleaded guilty regarding eight girls.

In Sydney's Darlinghurst Court on 12 December 2014, District Court Judge P. Mahony gave Pollock a jail sentence of eight years, with a minimum of five years to be spent behind bars before Pollock becomes eligible to apply for parole.

The prosecution file was prepared by detectives in the Sex Crimes Squad at State Crime Command in Parramatta.

A church document states that in the 1970s Alan Pollock was a trainee Brother in the Patrician Brothers but he ceased being a Brother in 1977. He later worked as a lay teacher.

Police have urged any victims of child abuse or child sexual assault to report it to the police, no matter how long ago it occurred.