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Marist priests front court over alleged sexual offences

Two Marist Fathers now living in Sydney have been charged with maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person in Burnie, Tasmania, more than 30 years ago.

Gregory Lawrence Ferguson, 60, and Roger Michael Bellemore, 68, were alleged to have committed the offences while teaching at Burnie's Marist College in the late 60s and early 70s.

Their Sydney lawyer Greg Walsh told magistrate Don Jones that he only received a copy of the witness statements late last month and a copy of the summons only last week.

Mr Walsh said Father Ferguson has been unwell in recent weeks and considering the allegations go back up to 37 years, his clients will need considerable time to recall the events.

The matter has been adjourned until July for plea.

Marist priests front court over alleged sexual offences (ABC Tasmania 11/5/04)

Marist Regional College
Marish Fathers

12 May 2004