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Pedophile victim speaks out against sacked choirmaster

One of the alleged victims of an incidence of sex abuse in a Sydney home in the 1980s has spoken out against sacked St Mary's Cathedral choirmaster David Russell, alleging he witnessed the abuse and had done nothing about it.

Mr Russell was dismissed last month over allegations that convicted sex offender David O'Grady had committed offences in Mr Russell's inner-west home in the 1980s.

The sacked St Mary's Cathedral choirmaster has denied the allegations and taken his dismissal to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, where a hearing is expected to start in June.

However, former choirboy Dan Buckley yesterday alleged Mr Russell had witnessed him and another boy being abused by O'Grady and said he had done nothing to stop it.

At the time, Mr Buckley and the other boy were 11 years old.

"We were in the loungeroom at the front of the house. O'Grady had underwear on and we were both naked and it involved fondling and all that sort of thing," Mr Buckley told Channel Ten news.

"... and Russell walked in on us and took the scene in and saw what was happening and sort of shrugged and said well `ok I'll leave you to it then' and walked out and closed the door."

He took the matter to police in 1991 and Mr Russell was charged with indecent assault but the charges were later dropped.

Spurred on by Mr Russell's continued denials of the abuse, Mr Buckley said it was time to speak out.

The Australian

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7 Mar 2003