Christian Brother David Curtin (born 7 April 1951) appeared in Goulburn Local Court (in southern New South Wales) on 8 March 2017, charged with offences against two boys at a boarding school thirty years ago.
Brother Curtin faced 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.
The magistrate scheduled the case for another mention on a later date. During this adjournment, documents will be exchanged between the prosecutor and the defence lawyer. Curtin, who now lives in Mulgoa near Sydney, will not be required to attend this second mention if he is represented by a lawyer. At the second mention, the magistrate will set a date for the next step in the court process.
Goulburn detectives charged Brother Curtin at a police station on 6 February 2017.
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 who taught at St Patrick’s College to be charged by this unit.