Second former teacher arrested over alleged child sex crimes

A FORMER Lismore Catholic school teacher has been charged with 19 sex offences alleged to have been committed against children and teenagers during the 1970s and 1980s.

The arrest is the second to come from Strike Force Golvo, an operation set up by the Richmond Local Area Command to investigate historic incidents of sexual abuse at St John's College, Woodlawn.

The former teacher, now 81 and living at Kingscliff, was arrested by detectives at his home yesterday.

The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was been charged with nine counts of sexual assault against a child, three counts of sex assault, four counts of indecent assault, one count of detain for advantage and two counts of soliciting a male to commit an indecent act.

He has been granted conditional bail and will appear Lismore Local Court on October 20.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1977 and 1986, while the man was employed as a teacher at the Catholic boarding school.

The victims were all students of the school at the time.

The Kingscliff arrest follows the charging of 74-year-old East Lismore man, Richard O'Connor, in June.

O'Connor was initially charged with 36 offences relating to 10 alleged victims, but it was yesterday revealed more people had come forward and there were now 49 charges relating to 13 alleged victims.

Police believe there could be further victims and are appealing them to come forward. Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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