Tuesday 19 September 2017

Former Brother admits 36 indecent assault charges

A former Christian Brother has pleaded guilty to 36 charges of indecently assaulting 19 pupils at a national school in Limerick in the 1960s.

Sean John Drummond, with an address at Broadford in Dublin, has had his name added to the sex offenders register after pleading guilty to the charges at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court.

The incidents took place between July 1967 and July 1968 at Creagh National School, Bridge Street, in Limerick city.

Sixty-one-year-old Sean John Drummond replied guilty to each of the 36 charges as they were read out to the court.

They included 35 charges of indecently assaulting 18 pupils at Creagh National School, and one charge of indecently assaulting a pupil at Feile Luimnigh in Limerick City Theatre.

There was a short outburst in the courtroom from members of the 19 victims' families as the former Christian Brother, who is on bail, left the courtroom.

The court heard there was a possibility that victim impact statements would be heard from all of the victims, who were aged as young as eight at the time of the incidents.

Judge Sean O Donnabháin said the injured parties had a right to anonymity unless they chose to waive that right during the sentencing hearing, which will take place on October 6th.

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