Abuse allegations surface at second Canberra college

Marist College Canberra headmaster Richard Sidorko yesterday moved to reassure parents that all possible measures are in place to prevent abuse after reports emerged that several former students are planning legal action over abuse claims dating back to the 1970s and 80s.

ABC News reports that the school hit the headlines yesterday after newspaper reports claimed several men had raised concerns about the conduct of a former male teacher.

Lyons, who committed suicide in 2000 after he was charged with the indecent assault of a 15-year-old male student at Daramalan College in 1989, taught at Marist College for about 12 years until he left for Daramalan in 1989.

Marist headmaster Sidorko (pictured) released a statement saying the claims are profoundly disturbing.

He says the Catholic Church will thoroughly investigate any concerns about Lyons' behaviour at the college.

The latest reports follow allegations of sexual abuse of students by a former teacher at Daramalan College also in Canberra who later worked at Marist College, The Canberra Times says.

Two former students of Marist College in Pearce have called on the school to acknowledge alleged sexual abuse of former students by two former teachers, one a Marist Brother, during the 1970s and 1980s.

A third former Marist student has in the past week contacted Porters Lawyers, which is representing former Daramalan College students in their action over alleged sexual abuse by Lyons.

Alleged sexual abuse by Lyons has already resulted in two undisclosed legal settlements, one of them in the past few months, for former students at the co-educational Catholic school in Dickson.

Canberra school vows to investigate abuse concerns (ABC News, 22/7/07)
Sex claims spread to Marist (Canberra Times, 22/7/07)

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Marist College, Canberra
Daramalan College, Canberra
Daramalan College {Wikipedia}

More accusations against Canberra suicide teacher {CathNews, 12/7/07}

23 Jul 2007