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Marist brother admits indecent dealing

A Sydney-based Marist Brother yesterday admitted molesting two girls when he worked as a pastoral carer in Queensland.

The District Court in Brisbane was told the 80 year old brother had devoted his life to the religious order but his reputation was now destroyed.

The court was told that he molested the two girls, one of whom was intellectually impaired, while visiting their homes in the Gladstone area 20 years ago.

It heard he had put his hands down their pants while their parents were in other rooms.

The brother, who now lives at a home for retired or ill brothers at Campbelltown near Sydney, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent dealing involving the two girls between 31 December 1979 and 1 January 1983.

The prosecutor said the intellectually impaired girl, who was involved in one count, had been aged between 8 and 11 and the other girl, who was involved in three charges, was between 5 and 6.

He said their mothers were aware of the incidents - the intellectually impaired girl's mother saw Taylor on a bed with her daughter - but no complaints had been made until last year.

Mr Bartlett called for a jail term of up to two years.

Solicitor Greg Walsh, for the defendant, said his client was in ill health but had done everything possible to alleviate any stress for the complainants.

Mr Walsh said the brother was a broken man, who had no previous convictions, and there had been no other allegations made against him. He asked that any jail sentence be wholly suspended.

Judge Brian Hoath remanded Taylor in custody until today for sentence.


29 Nov 2002