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Extra protection for John of God accused

A Sydney priest and religious brother of the St John of God Congregation will receive extra protection while in custody in Australia while waiting extradition to New Zealand on child sex charges.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the two - Fr Raymond John Garchow, 59, and Brother Rodger Maloney, 69 - face a total of 32 sexual assault charges against former students at the school for boys with intellectual and learning disabilities.

They worked for the Marylands school in Christchurch, and are accused of sodomising and indecently assaulting boys as young as eight between 1966 and 1979.

On Monday both men were ordered to be handed over to New Zealand authorities. Their lawyers are fighting to have them released on bail while they await extradition, and have lodged a review of the extradition orders.

Br Maloney's solicitor, Greg Walsh, asked the Federal Court today to recommend the NSW Department of Corrective Services tighten protection for the two men while in custody, given the nature of their alleged crimes.

Justice Rodney Madgwick said he would advise the department to comply with the recommendation.

Mr Walsh told the court the men had not received the medication they needed while in Silverwater Correctional Remand Centre.

Br Maloney, who has had prostate cancer, and Fr Garchow, who has had throat cancer, were said to have been depressed since their arrest in December 2003.

Clergymen to get extra protection (Daily Telegraph 16/2/05)

Hospitaller Order of St John of God (Australia - offline)
St John of God Health Services
Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God (USA)

St John of God priest and brother to be extradited (CathNews 15/2/05)
Brothers face extradition to NZ to face abuse charges (CathNews 1/12/03)
Order head says give abuse victims benefit of doubt (CathNews 14/10/03)
John of God Order condemns tactics of NZ law firm (CathNews 6/8/03)
Sex abuse complainant admits lying to get payout (CathNews 3/7/03)
Brother suspended over sex claims (CathNews 5/7/02)
St John of God Brothers to pay out $3.6 million (CathNews 13/6/02)

Bail hearing for Catholic clerics adjourned (ABC News 15/2/05)
Priest and brother to be extradited to NZ (New Zealand Herald 15/2/05)
Priest and brother to be extradited (Sydney Morning Herald/Australian Associated Press 14/2/05)
Catholic clergymen to be extradited to NZ ( 14/2/05)
Church fights sex case extradition (Sydney Morning Herald 15/2/05 - payment required)
Defrocked Priest Sentenced for Raping Boy (The Herald-Sun Durham North Carolina/Associated Press 15/2/05)
Pedophile priest James Porter dies at 70 (Associated Press/MSNBC 15/2/05)
Ex-Priest Shanley Gets 12 to 15 Years for Rape (Reuters 15/2/05)

16 Feb 2005