A Christian Brother is convicted by a Sydney jury

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article posted 29 May 2017

After a jury trial in May 2017, Christian Brother Roger King was found guilty in Sydney's Downing Centre District Court of a number of sexual offences committed against boys at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, in Sydney's inner-west, in the 1970s and 1980s.

The trial (case number 2015/00217447) was conducted by Judge P. Berman. The next step in the court process is listed for 6 July 2017, when Judge Berman will hear submissions from the prosecutor and the defence lawyer about what sort of sentence Brother King should receive. Also, any victim in the May 2017 trial will have an opportunity to tell the judge, verbally or in writing, how this church-abuse has affected the victim's later life.

The police investigation was conducted by the Auburn Detectives Office, Sydney.

As well as the May 2017 trial, Brother Roger King will face another jury trial regarding some additional charges regarding the same school. This second trial (with the same court number, 2015/00217447)  had a preliminary mention in the same court on 26 May 2017. The new trial is scheduled to be held in 2018. Therefore, the Auburn detectives (telephone 0296468708) are continuing their investigation.

In the court listings, Brother King's birth-name is given as Roger Robert King. Often, however, each Christian Brother was given a new "religious" middle name (and therefore a new middle initial) when joining the Order.