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Ex-Christian Brothers leader sent for trial

A Christian Brother and former principal of one of the Brothers' Brisbane schools has been ordered to stand trial on 13 child-sex offences.

Br Stephen David McLaughlin, 50, entered a plea of not guilty to all the charges in the Brisbane Magistrate's Court yesterday after he was committed.

McLaughlin was ordered to face trial on two counts of rape, 10 counts of permitting himself to be indecently dealt with and one count of indecent dealing.

McLaughlin was a principal of Brisbane's Nudgee College in the 1990s although the complainants were not students at the school at the time of the alleged abuse.

McLaughlin is also a former head of the Christian Brothers order in Queensland.

The offences were allegedly committed against a boy and a girl under 16 at Brisbane and on the Gold Coast between January 1997 and April last year.

Some of McLaughlin's supporters wept in court as magistrate Terry Duroux found there was sufficient evidence to commit McLaughlin for trial. He was released to appear in the District Court in Brisbane on a date to be fixed.


25 Jul 2002