A Christian Brother is awaiting a court trial in NSW in 2019

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 10 January 2019

Christian Brother David Michael Curtin, who has been awaiting a court trial in New South Wales, charged with offences against boys at a boarding school thirty years ago, is scheduled now to face his trial in Sydney in 2019.

Brother David Michael Curtin (born 7 April 1951) had a preliminary mention in Goulburn Local Court (in southern NSW) on 8 March 2017, facing two charges of "sexual assault (category 4)/indecent assault of a person under his authority". Police alleged that Curtin sexually/indecently assaulted two boys aged 13 and 14 between March and December in 1986 at the former St Patrick’s boys' college in Goulburn. Curtin was allegedly a teacher and dormitory master at the school at the time. This court appearance was a brief initial procedure for prosecutors to file the charges. Curtin was not required to enter a plea at this stage.

On 10 May 2017, Brother Curtin appeared again in Goulburn Local Court, where prosecutors filed three additional charges of "sexual assault (category 4)/indecent assault of a person under his authority". Again, Curtin was not required to enter a plea at this stage.

Curtin was due to face trial in Sydney District Court in May 2018. But Judge Helen Syme has postponed the trial until 2019, to give the prosecutors and defence time to complete their preparation.

The District Court's official file number for the David Curtin case is 2017/00037935.

FOOTNOTE: The Goulburn Detectives Office has formed a unit, called Strikeforce Charish, to investigate allegations of offences against children at the former St Patrick's Christian Brothers College Goulburn. David Curtin is the fourth Christian Brother from St Patrick’s College to be charged by this unit.