Lay teachers in church schools - some examples If a particular offender is not listed on this webpage, this does not mean that this person is not an offender. Many church-abuse victims remain silent for years or forever. This list is confined to cases in which victims were supported by Broken Rites. A, while he was committing sexual crimes against boys in the s and '70s.
As Adderley is deceased now, the police cannot charge him. Some of Adderley's victim are forcing the Bunbury diocese to pay them financial compensation.
He served as a priest in the Bunbury diocese from to In the early s after working as a priest at the Narrogin parish , Dr Adderley oversaw Catholic education in the Bunbury diocese but in , following complaints about sexual abuse, he was relegated, out-of-sight, to parishes at Mannup and Manjimup.
In , he left parish ministry, "on leave". Fr John Ayers, Salesian order This priest was a danger to schoolboys during his long career in the Catholic religious order of Salesian Fathers. In , the Victoria Police sex-crime squad was gathering evidence about his Victorian crimes but. He died in He is also facing complaints in other Australian states. After he had spent nine months in jail, the appeal court granted him a re-trial. In February , another jury found Bellemore guilty and he was sentenced to four years' jail.
On 8 August , after being convicted again for multiple offences including buggery against some more of his victims, he was sentenced at the age of 70 to 14 years and nine months eligible for parole after serving 11 years and three months. And, furthermore, the Victorian government's Crimes Compensation Tribunal has awarded compensation to at least one of Bongriorno's victims. When he was training for the priesthood, Bongiorno was in the same seminary group as George Pell and Denis Hart, both of whom eventually became archbishops.
Booth was sentenced in to 12 months jail. He was also charged with having failed to report the sex-crimes in the s of another priest who was under Brennan's supervision. Brennan was ordered to appear in court on 25 September on all these charges but he failed to appear and he died five days later.
Brock contested the charges in court but later he gave the two victims a written apology for the abuse. The diocese paid a financial settlement to the two victims. Police could have charged Brown with serious child sexual-assault offences but he chose to plead guilty to the lesser charge of child pornography. In , a Queensland magistrate ruled that there was enough evidence for Butler to stand trial before a judge in Brisbane District Court for indecently dealing with a Brisbane schoolboy, aged However, for legal reasons, the court proceedings did not result in a conviction.
Victims of his have contacted Broken Rites. As a lecturer in a seminary, Byrne has been involved in the training of Australian Catholic priests. On 4 October , he was jailed for years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting girls at a Catholic primary school in Toowoomba, Queensland. He was the school's designated "child protection officer". In he was jailed for sex-crimes against boys. In , after more of his former pupils contacted Broken Rites and the police, Cairns was jailed again.
Carroll's earlier parishes around Melbourne included Mansfield and Epping. His victims were silenced by the church culture. Broken Rites is conducting further research regarding Carroll.
The court case did not result in a conviction. Two decades later, in November the then leader of the MSC Order in Australia Father John Mulrooney was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying that, apart from this year-old boy, a dozen former students have lodged formal complaints regarding Father Caruana at Chevalier College. Fr Dermot Casey, Brisbane archdiocese Fr Dermot Casey, who had a long career in south-east Queensland parishes, was charged in with sexual offences against ten children but he kept evading court on medical grounds and he finally died in August aged 78 , ten days before his next court date.
The Brisbane archdiocese has begun compensating victims for the damage done by Casey. Melbourne police later accumulated evidence which could enable them to prosecute Father Peter Gerard Chalk for sexually abusing children as young as 12 in Melbourne.
But Chalk's religious superiors allowed him to stay out of Australia and out of reach of the Australian police , working in Japan, where he changed his surname to a Japanese one. In , Chalk suddenly died in Japan , thus closing the Melbourne police file. Brother Chambers, who was standing at a window in the Brothers' residence, fired an air rifle at the boy in the school yard, hitting him twice in the back of his legs as the boy drank from a water fountain.
The prosecutor said that the Crown had elected not to proceed with another, different charge against Chambers. According to Marist websites accessed in , Brother David Christian continued to be accepted by his superiors and colleagues as a member of the Marist order. In February , he was sentenced to 12 months jail suspended for sexual abuse of a boy at the Port Pirie school. Despite this, he was still accepted as a lay teacher Mr "Coffey" in Catholic schools.
Coffey was sentenced to a 2-year good behaviour bond in Victoria in , plus 30 months jail suspended in Victoria in for offences against boys at Redden College, Preston, Melbourne, in the s. Court records gave Colley's occupation as "priest", living in at an address in Morriss Road, Warrnambool West, which is the address of the St Pius X Catholic presbytery. Colley was sentenced to a months good behaviour bond.
Originally he worked as a layman with the Pallottine religious order, including he has said among Aboriginals at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. In the early s he was living at Pallotti College, Millgrove, Victoria, seeking to be accepted as a Pallotine lay Brother but did not complete the training.
Also in the s, he is believed to have spent time at a Redemptorist seminary in Galong, south-western New South Wales. During the s, Colley applied to Bishop Ronald Mulkearns of Ballarat to sponsor him as a Ballarat candidate for the priesthood.
In early , when his court appearance was becoming known, Colley left the Ballarat diocese and his name then disappeared from the annual Australian Catholic Directory. Comensoli In , Father Peter Lewis Comensoli then aged 55, of the Wollongong diocese, south of Sydney was sentenced to a minimum of 18 months jail after pleading guilty to indecent assaulting altar boys.
Comensoli's abuse was reported to the Wollongong diocese in but the church authorities allowed him to continue ministering. Finally, two victims got him convicted. Despite this, Comensoli was not laicized or defrocked. As late as , Father Peter L. Comensoli was still listed as a "supplementary priest" of the Wollongong diocese "on leave" or "retired".
In , aged 52, he was sentenced to 3 years jail suspended after pleading guilty to offences of gross indecency committed in against a year-old male. The court was told that the boy's family trusted the priest who took the boy on a trip for services in country parishes. The offences occurred during an overnight stay in church accommodation. Connell born to stand trial for child-sex offences allegedly committed in the Wagga Wagga diocese in southern New South Wales. However, the subsequent trial proceedings did not result in a conviction.
After the jailing, the Hobart archdiocese continued to list Connolly as a "supplementary" priest of the archdiocese. Br John Coswello Christian Brother John Francis Coswello, then 70, was sentenced to jail on 22 June after a jury found him guilty of committing sexual offences against a year-old boy in a Melbourne orphanage.
Later, the Victorian Court of Appeal granted him a re-trial, at which another jury in October found him not guilty. Church leaders and priests then submitted "good-character" references for Cox, asking the court for a lenient sentence. A judge imposed a part-time jail sentence but church lawyers appealed to a higher court against the conviction and won the appeal on technical grounds. Privately, a church leader later apologised to the girl's family for what Cox had done to her.
Brother "Brendan" Crawford , of the Passionist Order, appeared in court in , charged with sexual offences against a girl in the late s. The court decided told that Crawford aged 77 when charged was medically unfit to undergo the court proceedings. Creede is dead now and it is too late for the police to prosecute him.
Broken Rites has received multiple complaints from females who were abused as children by Father Creede in other parts of Australia. Born in Ireland with seven siblings who became nuns or priests , he was ordained in Sydney. In Brisbane District Court in and , Creen admitted to indecently dealing with 20 girls under the age of One girl was aged just five when Creen abused her at a youth camp and later at the home of her grandparents.
Creen was sentenced to three-and-half years' jail suspended after 14 months. Judge Ian Wylie said Creen had used his position as a priest and his standing in the community to intimidate the girls into remaining silent about their ordeals.
Therefore, the church transferred him to Western Australia and then allowed him to roam the world, thereby putting more children at risk. One boy victim in Ireland died by suicide. This priest's last parish was St Brigid's, Healesville. D'Astoli aged 50 in pleaded guilty to gross indecency and indecent assault against a year-old Catholic school boy in the Oakleigh area in , when D'Astoli was completing six years as a trainee priest at the Melbourne Catholic seminary Corpus Christi College in Glen Waverley.
The court was told that the boy reported the assault to his school and D'Astoli left the seminary a few days before he was due to be ordained. However, the court was told, the boy's school Salesian College, Oakleigh persuaded the boy not to tell his parents or the police, and the police did not learn about the matter until 23 years later. A magistrate ruled that there was enough evidence for a jury to convict Davis.
The magistrate committed him to stand trial in the Adelaide District Court. But Davis died in Canberra in March before the trial could be held. Broken Rites has ascertained that he committed sexual offences against children while he lived in in a flat at St Catherine's girls' orphanage conducted by the Sisters of Mercy in Geelong, where he acted as the "chaplain", giving the girls "sex education".
Some of these women are still trying to repair their damaged lives. Influential church people blocked the prosecution. D'Cruz had ministered in the Sandhurst diocese in northern Victoria and later did freelance ministry in the Anglo-Indian community in Melbourne. Fr Frank De Dood, Salesian order In the Melbourne County Court on 7 August , Catholic priest Frank De Dood then aged 64 was sentenced to jail for indecently assaulting five young boys while he was teaching and ministering at Catholic schools in Melbourne between and He will be sentenced again in early On 2 July , Denham was sentenced to 19 years and 10 months in jail with parole possible after 13 years and 10 months for offences including buggery committed against boys in the s and s.
The court was told that Derriman left his church posting in after getting another teenage girl pregnant. In he is living in Melbourne.