A Christian Brother is awaiting a court trial in NSW

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 17 July 2018

Christian Brother David Curtin, who appeared in court in New South Wales in early 2017, charged with offences against boys at a boarding school thirty years ago, is scheduled now to face a trial in Sydney in early 2019.

Brother David Michael Curtin (born 7 April 1951) appeared in Goulburn Local Court (in southern NSW) on 8 March 2017, facing two charges of "sexual assault (category 4)/indecent assault of a person under his authority". Police alleged that Curtin sexually/indecently assaulted two boys aged 13 and 14 between March and December in 1986 at the former St Patrick’s boys' college in Goulburn. Curtin was allegedly a teacher and dormitory master at the school at the time. This court appearance was a brief initial procedure for prosecutors to file the charges. Curtin was not required to enter a plea at this stage.

On 10 May 2017, Brother Curtin (who now lives in Mulgoa near Sydney) appeared again in Goulburn Local Court, where prosecutors filed three additional charges of "sexual assault (category 4)/indecent assault of a person under his authority". Again, Curtin was not required to enter a plea at this stage.

Curtin was due to face trial in Sydney District Court on 7 May 2018. But Judge Helen Syme has postponed the trial until January 21, 2019, to give the prosecutors and defence time to complete their preparation. A readiness hearing will be held in the same court on November 30, 2018.

FOOTNOTE: The Goulburn Detectives Office has formed a unit, called Strikeforce Charish, to investigate allegations of offences against children at the former St Patrick's Christian Brothers College Goulburn. David Curtin is the fourth Christian Brother from St Patrick’s College to be charged by this unit.