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Former Catholic brother charged with schoolboy assaults


A former religious brother has been charged with indecently assaulting three schoolboys in Melbourne's northern suburbs more than 30 years ago.

Police say the assaults occurred between 1966 and 1968 at a Catholic College. They had interviewed the 78-year-old man in Queensland before charging him with six counts of indecent assault.

The victims, now aged in their late 40s and 50s, were aged 13 and 14 at the time of the offences.

The former brother has been summonsed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrate's Court next month.

Meanwhile The Australian reported yesterday that a young girl disappeared from Nazareth House after being savagely bashed by four nuns, including one who is now a Carmelite sister in Western Australia, according to a former resident of the orphanage.

Kathy Kulics, 39, who has received a settlement payout of $75,000 from the Sisters of Nazareth for alleged sexual and physical abuse, also accused Sr Scholastica, prioress of the Nedlands Carmelite Monastery in Perth, of repeatedly flogging her and pushing her onto hot coals.

Contacted on Tuesday, Sr Scholastica declined to comment, referring inquiries to the Melbourne-based solicitor for the Sisters of Nazareth, Richard Leder, who said Sr Scholastica denied all allegations against her.

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12 Sep 2002