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County Court: Former Christian Brother William Stuart Houston jailed over St Augustine’s abuse
May 16, 2016 10:52pm
A FORMER Christian Brother who sexually abused six vulnerable boys at a Geelong orphanage has been jailed for more than 12 years.
William Stuart Houston, 77, abused the boys, aged 10 to 14, when he was their supervisor at Geelong’s St Augustine’s Orphanage in the 1960s.
Victorian County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd says the boys were powerless to stop Houston’s offending and each was especially vulnerable.
“They were wards of the state. They were young and they were under your control,” the judge told Houston on Tuesday.
“You were fully cognisant of this vulnerability.” Houston told one victim: “Don’t tell anyone … Oh, that’s right, you can’t tell anyone because you’ve got no one.” Judge Kidd said Houston was meant to protect and nurture the boys, but didn’t.
“Instead you arrogantly abused your authority over each of them for your own perverse sexual gratification.”
“What occurred here amounted to a disgraceful breach of trust.” Three of the victims who tried to complain to staff at the Christian Brothers-run orphanage at the time were punished, the judge said.
“Tragically the complaints or partial complaints of three of your victims were variously met with denials and physical punishment by other staff members at the orphanage,” he said. “The reaction of staff simply serves to demonstrate how it was virtually impossible for a child in those circumstances to come forward and meaningfully pursue a complaint.
“It also explains how you were able to continue to offend in this disturbing atmosphere of impunity.” Judge Kidd on Tuesday jailed Houston for 12 years and nine months with a minimum of eight years.
As Houston was led away, one man who was in court to support victims yelled out: “I hope you die in jail”
The Christian Brothers Oceania Province said Houston’s crimes were “shocking”.
“That any young person placed in our care has been abused as these children were by this man is a matter of great regret and remorse for all Christian Brothers,” they said in a statement. “To those who suffered as a result of his actions, you have our unreserved apology.
“The Christian Brothers Oceania views these actions as a deplorable betrayal of the trust of innocent children and their families.” AAP al/mau
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