Christian Brother Steve McLaughlin

A Catholic website (CathNews) reported in July 2002 (quoting the Brisbane Courier Mail) that Brother Stephen David McLaughlin, then aged 50 (a former head of the Christian Brothers order in Queensland), had been ordered by a Brisbane magistrate (at a committal hearing in 2002) to stand trial in the District Court on child-sex charges. However, the case did not proceed to a trial.

Brother Stephen David McLaughlin was born in Queensland on 6 November 1952. According to his personal profile (formerly posted on the internet), Brother Steve McLaughlin has stated that his career with the Christian Brothers has included:
• 1974–75: Teacher, St Patrick's, Shorncliffe, Queensland.
• 1976–78: Teacher, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane.
• 1979–80: Boarding master, Mount Carmel College.
• 1980-85: Teacher, Nudgee College, Brisbane.
• 1985-88: Headmaster, St Patrick's College,Mackay, Queensland.
• 1988–93: Headmaster, Nudgee College, Brisbane.
• 1993-96: Christian Brothers' Director of education, Queensland.
• 1996-2002: Province Leader of the Christian Brothers' Queensland province.

Brother McLaughlin stated in his personal profile: "This leadership role undertook responsibility for 12 Colleges and up to 50 Ministries in social welfare, education, and indigenous communities. I managed an annual budget of $120million employing 2000 teachers as well as support staff and administration services."

• 2002 onwards: Working with the Christian Brothers' new Oceania province, concerned with projects in Asia and the Pacific.

As an example of his work relating to Asia and the Pacific, Brother McLaughlin stated in his personal profile: "During 2005 I was also appointed to a Strategic Committee to oversee and manage change in the Oceania Christian Brothers Region. The goal is for the organisation to evolve from the present 6 separate provinces / regions to ONE Administrative region by 2008 in OCEANIA. This is a massive undertaking with over:
400 Brothers
10,000 staff
30,000 students
50 Colleges
20 Flexible Learning Centers
100 other welfare based community organizations and ministries
60 appointed Boards with about 700 members."