A Christian Brother, in court in NSW, is facing additional charges

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 12 May 2017

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, was in court again on 10 May 2017 facing additional charges.

The earlier charges

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.

The additional charges

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. Magistrate Geraldine Beattie continued Curtin's bail and adjourned the next step in the process to a later date in 2017. During this time, the prosecutor and the defence will prepare documents for presentation to the court.

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.