Former Marist brother indecently assaulted students

A former brother has pleaded guilty before a Victorian court to indecently assaulting six Gippsland schoolboys in the 1970s.

ABC News reports that Gerard Joseph McNamara, 67, was deputy principal and later principal of St Paul's Catholic College in Traralgon during the early to mid 70s.

He has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting six students aged 11 to 14 between 1971 and 1975.

The court heard the assaults took place in a sports equipment shed and the brothers' accommodation and always when McNamara, a sports teacher, was giving the boys a massage.

The court heard despite his guilty plea, McNamara has consistently denied sexually assaulting the boys, claiming he only ever massaged their sports injuries.

The prosecution told the court all but one of the victims, now aged in their 40s, have been traumatised by the attacks.

The defence said his client had led an exemplary Christian life apart from the period of offending.

He will be sentenced later this month.

Former Catholic brother indecently assaulted students (ABC Gippsland 3/6/05)

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6 Jun 2005