Rodger William Moloney
The Crown alleges that Brother Roger William Moloney was "a risk-taker", sexually abusing boys in reasonably open areas while he was effectively headmaster at the Marylands Special School, Christchurch, in the 1970s.
The former prior of the Order of St John of God in Christchurch has gone on trial today before Justice Graham Panckhurst and a jury.
Eleven complainants who were all boys at the school are alleging he committed 30 sexual abuse offences against them over six years from 1971.
Moloney, 71, denied all the charges on the first day of his three-week trial.
He pleaded not guilty to 14 charges of inducing a boy under 16 to commit an indecent act, 10 of indecent assault on boys, four charges of sodomy, and two of doing an indecent act.
Justice Panckhurst told the jury that allegations of sexual abuse at Marylands had begun to appear in the media in 2002.
Another ex-brother at the school, Bernard McGrath, had gone on trial in February and March 2006 on historic sexual abuse charges.
"As it happens, five of the 11 complainants in this case were also complainants in the previous trial," he told the jurors.
Date of Birth
1935 (D.O.B. is approximate)
At large, now in Australia
Sentenced to 2 years 9 months in July 2008
Released and deported September 2009
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