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By a Broken Rites researcher
In December 2010 a former Catholic Marist teaching brother, now living in Australia — Bede Hampton, aged 62 — was sentenced in New Zealand's High Court to jail for two years and six months for indecent assaults committed against boys in a New Zealand Catholic boarding school (St Joseph's College in Masterton) in the early 1970s.
Prosecutors alleged that Brother Hampton targeted vulnerable boys, one with a learning difficulty and another who had lost a parent.
A jury found Hampton guilty of 11 charges — 10 of indecent assault and one of committing an indecent act.
Hampton was found not guilty on two counts of sodomy, three charges of indecent assault and five charges of committing indecent acts.
According to the judge's sentencing statement, Hampton claimed that the offending arose because he was living in a dysfunctional religious order and was ill-suited to religious life.
However, the judge said that this did not reduce Hampton's culpability for his exploitation of boys over whom he had authority.
Hampton left the Marist Brothers when he was 29. He has become an interior decorator based in Queensland. One of his victims now also lives in Australia.