Melbourne School Rocked By Child Sex Abuse Claims
It's been revealed that an elite Melbourne Catholic school is being investigated by lawyers for historical child sex abuse claims.
The Herald Sun is reporting that De La Salle College in Malvern is the school under question, after James Parkinson of Porters Lawyers revealed he was looking into claims against Brother Anselm.
The child sex abuse claims are alleged to have taken place between 1960 and 1989 at both Revesby Catholic school in New South Wales and De La Salle.
Anselm's (also known as Tom Hallam) actions were believed to have been well known.
“He was a serial paedophile who has many victims,” Mr Parkinson said.
“The order knew he was a risk but they still allowed him access (to children).”
Ex-teachers told the lawyer that his actions were well known at the school but the brothers "refused to act."
At least eight former students have come forward to current De La Salle Principal Peter Houlihan to complain about the abuse they experienced.
Houlihan said the school was deeply apologetic.
“We’ve unreservedly and wholeheartedly apologised … we just have to acknowledge this is a terribly shameful period in our history,” a statement read.
“We also recognise that past responses to complaints about institutional abuse were not appropriate and we apologise for that.”
“The De La Salle Brothers will continue to work to provide some healing through counselling, apology and monetary compensation to those who have experienced abuse in any of our facilities.”
Hallam died in the 1990s.