More abuse claims

Sano Task Force detectives have charged an 86-year-old man following an investigation into alleged historical sexual abuse at St Patrick’s College in Sale.

The Maffra man has been charged with four counts of indecent assault relating to three male students at the Catholic school during the 1970s and 80s.

He was charged on summons and will appear in Sale Magistrates’ Court on March 15.

These charges follow the arrest by SANO Task Force detectives of an 87-year-old Sale man in February last year following an investigation into historical sexual assault allegations at St Pat’s.

At the time investigators said they had received a number of complaints from former male students who attended the school during the 1970s and 1980s, when it operated as a boarding school.

Those allegations related to male students who were then aged between 11 and 15.

Police have confirmed that investigation is ongoing.

The information regarding the recent charges was released following a query to police by the Gippsland Times.

St Patrick’s College was a Marist Brothers school, as is Catholic College Sale, formed following the amalgamation of Our Lady of Sion College and St Patrick’s College.

The SANO Task Force was established to investigate historic and new allegations that have emanated from the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into child sex abuse involving religious and non-government organisations.

The task force also co-ordinates investigations emerging from the Australian Government Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

People with information about child sexual abuse in an institutional context can email the SANO Task Force sanotaskforce@police.vic.gov.au or phone the SANO Task Force on 1800 110 007.

To report a child at immediate risk or danger phone 000 or a local police station.

For more information about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, visit their website www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au