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Sydney Marist Brother for trial on school sex assault charges

A Marist Brother will stand trial accused of a series of sexual assaults on 11 y.o. boys at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, almost 20 years ago.

It was alleged in Court yesterday that John Maguire took homesick or ill schoolboys into his bed at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, almost 20 years ago. He would then comfort them, cuddling and kissing them, before putting his hand down their pyjama pants, the court has heard.

Maguire was charged with offences allegedly committed against eight boys when they were in their first year of high school and under his care in the dormitory.

Yesterday seven of the charges involving four schoolboys were dropped after the magistrate, Margaret Quinn, ruled there was not enough evidence to satisfy a jury. One of the dismissed charges included an act of buggery. However, Maguire still faces three counts of sexual assault and 10 counts of indecent assault against four schoolboys. Trial proceedings on these matters will begin in District Court at the end of the month.

At a previous hearing, Maguire told the court he had cuddled boys when they were upset or homesick but he denies it was of a sexual nature.


19 Jun 2003