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Court told how headmaster

sexually abused boy

April 14, 2011 – 2:46PM

A former student of a NSW Catholic boarding school says he did not tell anyone about being sexually abused by the headmaster because he was told no one would believe him, a court has heard.

The complainant said Peter William Dwyer, 68, had threatened to expel him from St Stanislaus’ College at Bathurst during an assault when he was in year 8.

Jurors in the NSW District Court today heard Mr Dwyer, who was headmaster at the time, sexually assaulted the boy after he was sent to him for having alcohol on his breath.

Mr Dwyer, an Order of Australia recipient, has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges including indecent assault and having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16.

The crimes allegedly occurred between 1977 and 1992 against four boys at the school.

In his evidence today, the complainant said that during the attack, Mr Dwyer had embraced him and asked, ‘What would your mother think?’ before sliding his hands underneath his clothes, touching his buttocks and penis.

“He was stroking it and playing with it. He said … this was our secret. I wasn’t to tell anyone or he’d have me expelled.”

Mr Dwyer, a former Vincentian Brother, performed fellatio on the student and then told him to do the same to him, the court heard.

Asked why he went through with the act, the complainant said: “Because I was scared.

“I felt like everything that I trusted and believed in had been taken away from me,” he said.

“I said I wanted to go back to the dorm and it was reiterated I was not to speak of this – no one would believe me – but if I did I would be in a lot of trouble.”

The trial, before Judge Deborah Sweeney, is continuing.


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