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(NEW SOUTH WALES) Court Report: A Catholic priest has been found guilty of sexually abusing several students at a prestigious boy’s college in the NSW Southern Highlands in the 1980s #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.17: The 79-year-old was arrested in Sydney in early 2019 and charged with nine child sex offences, and an additional 18 charges were laid in October of that year….

#AceDailyNews says a Catholic priest guilty of historic sex abuse of students at Chevalier College Anthony William Peter Caruana was convicted of 26 historical charges including the sexual and indecent assault of several of his students at Chevalier College in Bowral more than 30 years ago and during the seven-week trial, jurors heard evidence from 12 complainants who were between 11 and 15 years old at the time the offences were committed.

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Anthony Caruana has been convicted of sexually abusing multiple students while he was a teacher at the college in the 1980s.(ABC Illawarra: Sarah Moss)

The Sydney District Court heard the offences occurred while Caruana was employed as a teacher at the college from 1982 until he left the school in 1989.

Caruana also served as boarding house master, coach of the school rugby team, and band master.

The court heard Caruana used these positions to gain access to his victims.

The court found a 15-year-old boarder was sexually assaulted multiple times at the school boarding house at Buradoo while Caruana was dormitory master. 

Most of the students were abused on the school grounds while one of the offences occurred at a swimming carnival at the Mittagong pool.

The jury delivered unanimous verdicts on 25 of the counts but was deadlocked on the remaining two counts yesterday.

After further deliberations, jurors delivered a majority verdict on one of the remaining counts but was unable to agree on the remaining count and was discharged.

Judge Robyn Tupman thanked the jurors for their efforts over the past two months for their “important role in the delivery of justice”.

“You have been tired, emotional, and perhaps overwhelmed by the things you have heard during the trial.

“But you have taken it in good stead. Thank you for the effort you have put in.”

Bail was refused and Caruana will be sentenced in August.

Several students were sexually assaulted on the grounds of Chevalier College in the 1980s.(ABC Illawarra: Sarah Moss)

Chevalier College sent an email to current and former students yesterday after the initial guilty verdict was handed down.

Principal Sean McDermott apologised on behalf of the college. 

“I want to emphasise our profound sorrow that such events — which we openly acknowledge as part of our Chevalier history — could ever have occurred,” the statement said. 

The Catholic order that Caruana was a part of, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Australia, also issued an “unreserved apology”.

“That these men, as students, were abused by a person charged with their care and protection represents a profound breach of trust,” Provincial Chris McPhee said.

“I want to say to each of them that we are deeply sorry that such events could ever have occurred.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.17: 2021:

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