St John of God Brothers (The Hospitaller Order of St John of God) operated schools and institutions in Australia, harbouring numerous paedophiles. The St John of God Brothers arrived in Australia in 1947 from Ireland. In 1948 they opened a residential special school for boys with learning difficulties located in Morriset NSW, known as Kendall Grange Special School. The Royal Commission into institutional abuse found that over 40% of the Order were paedophiles.
The following paedophiles were at St John of God Brothers institution, Kendall Grange Special School:
- Brother Bernard McGrath – 1973, 1977-1986. Convicted of child sexual abuse and currently in prison in NSW.
- Brother John Clegg – convicted of child sexual abuse and currently in prison in NSW.
- Brother Roger Maloney – convicted of child sexual abuse and deceased.
- Brother Daniel Slattery, known as Brother Daniel – convicted of child sexual abuse in NSW.
- Brother Roger Mount – convicted of child sexual abuse and currently in prison in Victoria.
- Brother William Lebler – deemed unfit to stand trial and deceased.
- Brother Raymond Garchow – deemed unfit to stand trial and deceased.
- Brother John ‘Bede’ Donnellan – died before charges laid, allegations substantiated.
Brother Bernard McGrath
In 2010, New South Wales Police commenced investigating allegations made against brothers and civilian teachers associated with the school. As a result, Brother Bernard McGrath was convicted of multiple counts of sexual offences committed upon students at Kendall Grange Special School. He will be eligible for parole in December 2044.
Brother John Clegg
Brother John Clegg was a welfare officer and a man of god who sexually abused children. He was convicted in 2015 and is eligible for parole in mid 2022.
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Written by Alessandra Pettit
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