Catholic church denies negligence over Hunter....

Newcastle Hearld - 17/01/2012

THREE men are suing the Catholic church over allegations they were sexually assaulted by a paedophile teacher whose child sex convictions were known to Maitland-Newcastle diocese.

In claims to the NSW Supreme Court the men allege two priests who acted as directors of Catholic education knew Anthony Bambach had convictions for sexually assaulting five boys at Stroud in 1962 when he was employed in 1974 to teach primary school children.

The diocese has denied the directors knew of his offending, despite an affidavit from Bambach in a 2005 court case in which he alleged he told the late monsignors Coolahan and Dilley about his convictions when they interviewed him.

Five men have so far taken action alleging Bambach sexually abused them at Hunter Catholic schools in the 1980s before he was convicted of further sexual abuse charges in 1988.

One man received compensation in 2005 after evidence Bambach removed him from St Michael’s Primary School at Nelson Bay during lunchtime, had sexual intercourse with him and warned the boy, 10, that he would ‘‘Kill your mum’’ if he told anyone.


Courtesy of Fairfax Regional Media, The Herald, 2012

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