Australian religious on NZ sex charges bailed

A Christchurch court has remanded Br Rodger Moloney and Fr Raymond Garchow on bail until January on sexual abuse charges dating back to the 1970s.

In Christchurch District Court, Judge David Saunders granted bail with plea to the two St John of God religious, who were extradited from Australia last month and allowed a change of address next week as part of their bail terms, stuff.co.nz reports.

The men's address on bail remains suppressed, though it is known they will remain in New Zealand.

A second suppression order forbidding any further publication of images of the two men remains in place.

The court papers listed the charges that brother Rodger Moloney, 71, and father Raymond Garchow, 59, will face.

Moloney is charged with four counts of anal intercourse with a person aged under 16, 11 charges of doing an indecent act on a boy aged 12 to 16, and two charges of inducing a boy aged 12 to 16 to do an indecent act.

Garchow is charged with three counts of doing an indecent act on a boy aged 12 to 16, and five of inducing a boy of that age to do an indecent act.

The men will not have to appear for the pre-depositions conference on 18 January 2007 as long as their lawyers are present. That session may set a date for a depositions hearing.

Charges listed against clergymen extradited from Australia (Stuff.co.nz, 2/11/06)
Two Catholic clergy face court in NZ (Ninemsn, 2/11/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
High Court approves extradition to NZ of religious (Cathnews, 17/10/06)
NZ lawyers await ruling on extradition of brothers (CathNews, 5/10/06)
Five years jail for St John of God brother (CathNews, 28/4/06)
Extra protection for John of God accused (CathNews, 16/2/05)

3 Nov 2006