A FORMER Casino high school teacher has been jailed for at least three years over the indecent assault of at least a dozen children in the 1970s and 80s.
Darcy John O'Sullivan, also known as Brother Dominic, was a principal at St Mary's High School at Casino, and also taught at Marist Brothers in Hamilton and Newcastle.
According to ABC News O'Sullivan, who is now 78, pleaded guilty earlier this year to 22 counts of indecently assaulting 12 boys at both schools over a 13-year period.
He will be eligible for parole in 2019.
"District Court Judge Kate Traill expressed frustration at having to sentence O'Sullivan in line with laws that were in place at the time of the offences," the ABC reported this afternoon.
"She said the same offences now attracted a maximum sentence of up to 10 years' jail as there was now a better understanding of their impact upon victims.
"Earlier, the court heard O'Sullivan 'made a lifestyle' of preying on young students.
"During the trial, evidence was given that some students at the school were sent to his office for punishment, where he would ask them to sit on his knee while he touched them inappropriately."
Marist Brothers Australia released a statement this afternoon, an "unreserved apology to all those abused by Brother Dominic O'Sullivan, who was today sentenced in a Sydney Court".
"We recognise that the impacts of these crimes have been far reaching for victims, their families and the communities in which they live," Brother Peter Carroll said.
"What they have endured, and the tragic consequences that have flowed from these events, are matters of enormous sorrow and regret.
"That these crimes should never have happened is without question and we accept that the actions of some of our Brothers has caused great pain and suffering.
"I restate my firm resolve and that of the entire Province to continue to work with all victims and bring some healing to lives that have been so damaged by the criminal sexual abuse they suffered as innocent children."