A former Marist Brother in court proceedings in Sydney

  • Article dated 1 October 2017

When he was a Marist Brother in the late 1980s (then aged in his mid-twenties), Brother Brett O'Connor worked at two boys' schools in Sydney — St Joseph's College in Hunters Hill and St Gregory's College in Campbelltown. Then he left the Marist Order and began a new career elsewhere. In 2015, police charged O'Connor in NSW Local Courts with child-sex offences relating to the late 1980s when he was a Marist Brother at those two Sydney schools. O'Connor pleaded not guilty to the charges. In early 2016, a magistrate decided that the case should proceed to a judge in Sydney's Downing Centre District Court. The final outcome of the District Court process is not yet known.

Brett Anthony O'Connor (date of birth 22 February 1963) was known as "Brother Brett" when he worked at the two schools, where some of his students were newcomers aged about 12. O'Connor later ceased being a member of the Marist Brothers Order.

The police investigation was conducted by detectives from Sydney's Campbelltown Local Area Command (under Detective Sergeant Bob Brisby).