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Suspended jail term for Queensland teacher

Brisbane Catholic Education former deputy director Ron McKeirnan was yesterday given a further three years' wholly suspended jail for sex offences he committed 25 years ago.

In 1998 McKeirnan was jailed for three years to be suspended after a year for molesting nine boys in the mid-1960s and mid-1970s.

He pleaded guilty to 15 offences of assaults on males, indecent dealing with boys under 17 and indecent dealing with boys under 14.

In the District Court in Brisbane yesterday, McKeirnan, now 64, pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent treatment of a boy between January 1976 and January 1977.

The court was told the complainant did not come forward until after McKeirnan was sentenced in 1998.

He made allegations about being touched by McKeirnan during incidents at Caboolture, north of Brisbane, on a trip between Brisbane and Toowoomba and in Toowoomba.

Judge Warren Howell said McKeirnan had already served his 12 months in jail and the three years' sentence had expired, so he could not make his sentence concurrent.

He said that McKeirnan appeared to be fully rehabilitated and was now doing volunteer work which did not involve him being near young people.

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6 Jun 2003