Current Court Cases

By Broken Rites researchers

Following are some examples of current court cases which Broken Rites is observing (this is not a complete list). This page has not yet been fully updated.

  1. Br Robert Best, Victoria
    In a Melbourne court on 2 September 2016, Victoria Police detectives filed child-sex charges against Christian Brother Robert Charles Best (also known as Brother Bob Best) for offences allegedly committed against Victorian schoolboys between 1968 and 1988. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  2. Br Frank Brophy, De La Salle Brothers
    Brother Francis David Brophy (also known by his religious name, "Brother Cormac"), now aged in his eighties, is scheduled for proceedings in the Queensland District Court, charged with child-sex offences, allegedly committed (decades ago) at BoysTown (at Beaudesert, south-west of Brisbane). See more from Broken Rites about BoysTown HERE.
  3. Marist Brother "Kostka" Chute
    Marist Brother John William Chute (known in the Marists as "Brother Kostka") is scheduled to appear in court in Canberra, charged with child-sex offences allegedly committed against boys in Canberra. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  4. Br Bernard Cooper, De La Salle Brothers
    This Brother is scheduled for trial in the Queensland District Court, charged with sexual offences, allegedly committed in 1984-86 at BoysTown (at Beaudesert, south-west of Brisbane). See more from Broken Rites about BoysTown HERE.
  5. Christian Brother John Coswello, Victoria
    A Melbourne magistrate has committed Christian Brother John Francis Coswello (born in 1939) to stand trial in the Victorian County Court (scheduled for 2016), charged with child-sex abuse allegedly committed earlier in his career as a Christian Brother at St Vincent's Boys Home in South Melbourne. The police investigator is Sergeant Jonathan Russell, formerly of Taskforce Sano in the Victorian sex crime squad, who is now at the Dandenong Divisional Intelligence Unit, Victoria. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  6. Fr Frank De Dood, Salesian order
    Father Frank De Dood (a member of the Catholic order of Salesian priests) is scheduled for court hearings in Melbourne, charged with offences against boys at a Salesian College in Melbourne between 1978 and 1983. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  7. Father John Joseph Farrell (sometimes referred to as "Father F"), New South Wales
    During the 1980s and early 1990s, Father John Joseph Farrell (sometimes referred to as "Father F") ministered in parishes in northern New South Wales and western Sydney. Farrell is already in jail in custody for sexual crimes committed against children. He is also facing further charges after some more alleged victims have contacted the police. See a Broken Rites article about Farrell's background HERE. And see a summary of Farrell's previous court hearings HERE.
  8. Br John Gaven
    Brother John Francis Gaven, a member of the Catholic Church's Vincentian order, has been participating in proceedings in Sydney District Court. The outcome is not yet available.
  9. Fr Glenn Humphreys, Vincentian Order
    Father Glenn Michael Humphreys (born 1953), a member of the Australia-wide Catholic order of Vincentian Fathers, is still to face child sexual abuse charges in a court in New South Wales (click HERE) and, meanwhile, he has been jailed for offences committed in Western Australia (click HERE).
  10. Christian Brother Terry Kingston
    Brother Terrence Patrick Aquinas Kingston (born in the late 1930s), who had a long career as a Christian Brother in several Australian states, is scheduled for court in Queensland, charged with indecent treatment of several schoolboys in the 1970s. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  11. Christian Brother P.N. Lennox, in NSW
    Former Christian Brother Peter Nicholas Joseph Lennox, who had a senior role in Catholic schools at Manly (in Sydney) and Goulburn (in southern New South Wales), has begun facing court proceedings in Sydney, charged with child-sex offences, allegedly committed in the 1970s in the Catholic school system. To read more, click HERE.
  12. Br Bill Marchant, Western Australia
    Police allege that a Christian Brother, William Edwin Marchant, sexually abused a seven-year-old child who was visiting a Catholic school in Western Australia in the 1970s. Marchant, who is no longer a member of the Christian Brothers, made an initial appearance in Broome Magistrates Court in 2014. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  13. Brother Bernard Kevin McGrath
    This former member of the St John of God Brothers has been extradited from New Zealand to Australia to face court regarding multiple child-assault charges, allegedly committed in church-run institutions in New South Wales between 1977 and 1986. To read more, click HERE.
  14. Father Roger ("Gabriel") Mount
    This Catholic priest is facing criminal court proceedings in Victoria, regarding sexual abuse which allegedly occurred in 1968-74 while he worked (as "Brother Gabriel Mount") at a boys' home ("Churinga"), operated by the St John Brothers, in Greensborough, Melbourne. Mount later became a priest in Papua New Guinea, where he became known as Father Roger Mount. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  15. Ex-Marist Brother Brett Anthony O'Connor
    After working as a Marist Brother in Sydney in the late 1980s, Brett Anthony O'Connor eventually became the Director of Child Safety in the Queensland Government's Department of Education and Training. Now he is listed for court proceedings in Sydney on child-sex charges regarding his early career as a Marist Brother in Sydney. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  16. Marist Brother Leslie Garfield (Luke) Saker
    Saker, whose religious name in the Marist Brothers is "Brother Luke", is scheduled for court proceedings in Sydney, charged with offences allegedly committed against a Sydney schoolboy in the 1970s. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  17. Br Phillip Sheridan, De La Salle Brothers
    This Brother (formerly known as "Brother Raymond") is scheduled for proceedings in the Queensland District Court, charged with sexual offences, allegedly committed (some years ago) at BoysTown (at Beaudesert, south-west of Brisbane). He has also worked at other De La Salle schools including one at Scarborough in Queensland (where he was known as "Brother Raymond") and, more recently, St James College at Bentleigh East in Victoria (where he was known as Brother Phillip Sheridan). See more from Broken Rites about BoysTown HERE.
  18. Brother David Standen, New South Wales
    Christian Brother William Peter "David" Standen, 65 (who has worked at schools in Sydney, Penrith and Goulburn, NSW), has begun facing court proceedings, charged with alleged offences against male students while he worked at St Patrick's College Goulburn in 1978-80. See more from Broken Rites HERE.
  19. Ex-Brother Jeffrey Stanton
    In Sydney's Parramatta Local Court, former Catholic religious Brother Michael Stanton (whose religious name was Brother "Jeffrey"), 59, is being charged with sexual crimes, allegedly committed in 1980 against an eleven-year-old boy from a Catholic school in a suburb in western Sydney. See more HERE.
  20. Marist Br. Gregory Joseph Sutton, in Canberra
    Jailed in 1996 for child-sex crimes committed in New South Wales, Sutton is facing additional charges in 2016 under the laws of the Australian Capital Territory relating to his time when he was teaching at Marist College, Canberra in the 1980s. See more from Broken Rites HERE.

Some older court cases, researched by Broken Rites

  • Since 1993, Broken Rites Australia has advised each church victim how he/she is entitled to have a confidential chat with specialist police detectives to discuss whether it is possible for the police to prosecute the perpetrator. Some victims take this opportunity, often resulting in the offender being arrested and charged. Broken Rites watches the progress of these cases. More prosecutions, researched by Broken Rites since 1993, are shown on our "Black Collar Crime" page. The "Black Collar Crime" page also contains some examples of out-of-court civil cases in which Broken Rites has had an interest. To see the Broken Rites "Black Collar Crime" page, click HERE.