A Catholic Brother is due for a court trial in 2020 regarding Monivae College, western Victoria

An elderly Catholic religious Brother (John David Frith) appeared in court in Melbourne in 2019, charged with offences allegedly committed some years ago against boys at a Catholic secondary school — Monivae College, situated at Hamilton in western Victoria, 290 kilometres from Melbourne.

The case was investigated by detectives from a specialist unit (the Sano Taskforce) in the Victoria Police, Melbourne. The investigation was concerned with the 1970s and 1980s.

The case (number J11356360) had its first mention in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 14 September 2018. A preliminary (committal) hearing was held in February 2019. This magistrate has ordered Frith to stand trial with a judge in the Victorian County Court. The County Court trial is scheduled for March 2020 for a period of four weeks.

Monivae College was established by a Catholic religious order, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. For many years, it was a boarding school for boys only.