Eight years for school pedophile

A former Adelaide Catholic school teacher who admitted sexually abusing young boys has been jailed for at least eight years.

The Australian reports that Stephen John Stockdale-Hall, 56, from the Adelaide suburb of Medindie, committed 10 sex offences against nine boys, aged between eight and 16 years, between 1977 and 1989.

He was sentenced to 10 years' jail with a non-parole period of eight years.

His abuse started while he was a teacher at Adelaide's Blackfriars Priory School and went on for a decade after he resigned when he continued to take students on camping expeditions.

Stockdale-Hall encouraged some of his Catholic school victims to drink alcohol and take drugs and told them the church was wrong to categorise masturbation as a sin.

In the South Australian District Court today, Judge Steven Millsteed said the emotional and psychological impact of Stockdale-Hall's behaviour was likely to be life-long for his victims.

Pedophile gets eight years (The Australian/Australian Associated Press 13/12/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Blackfriars Primary School

Abuse inquiry into ex-teacher (CathNews 12/8/04)
Adelaide school issues statement on child-sex claims (CathNews 19/3/04)

14 Dec 2005