Acccused former Riverview teacher faces trial in another state

Former students contacted

A teacher accused of sexually abusing a student at Sydney's St Ignatius College more than 30 years ago is facing trial for historical child abuse charges in another State, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

NSW Police began investigating the sexual abuse allegations made by a former St Ignatius College, Riverview student after they learned the same teacher was before the courts charged with a number of child sex offences. 

On Monday, Principal Paul Hine sent a letter to former students informing them of an allegation that concerned "child sexual abuse more than 30 years ago."

The Provincial of the Australian Jesuits, Fr Brian McCoy, said the allegations Mr Hine referred to were dealt with ten years ago and that the victim had come forward to ensure it happened to no-one else, but was adamant about not pursuing charges.

"The matter to which he refers is one dealt with over ten years ago in NSW – when a courageous former student brought a complaint to the Jesuits alleging sexual abuse at Riverview in the 1980s," Father McCoy said.

"We encouraged him to go to the police but the complainant, as I understand it, chose to not press charges," he said.

"He valiantly wanted the situation known to ensure it never happened to anyone else. He sought [that] and we respect his request for privacy, for confidentiality."

NSW Police began looking into the allegations at the north shore school after police from another state informed them the former teacher had been charged with a number of child sex offences in 2014. 

Mr Hines said he did "not want to run away" from any allegations of child abuse and decided to inform old students to encourage anyone with information to come forward. 

FULL COVERAGE

Teacher accused of child abuse at St Ignatius College, Riverview faces trial in another state (SMH)

St Ignatius Riverview school braces for child sex abuse claims (The Australian)

Former St Ignatius’ College Jesuit teacher accused of abuse in two states (The Daily Telegraph)

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Government rejects compensation scheme for sex abuse victims (The Australian)

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