Paedophile Christian Brother jailed

2011-08-08 15:46

Melbourne - A paedophile Christian Brother, whose defence was largely funded by the Catholic Church, was jailed for 14 years on Monday for sexually abusing 11 boys at Australian schools.

Robert Charles Best, aged 70, pleaded guilty to 27 sexual assaults against children he taught in Victoria state from 1969 until 1988.

Victims of the paedophile yelled at him as he was led from the dock, calling the former school teacher a "maggot".

Best, who is already in jail serving four separate terms for sexual assaults against his students, was sentenced to 14 years and nine months.

Victorian County Court Judge Roy Punshon said his offending was a grave breach of trust because of his role as a teacher and spiritual guide.

"Because of your power and position of authority, victims who were young and immature commonly felt powerless and unable to complain, either at all or effectively," he said.

Some of the children, aged between eight and 11-years-old, were molested while they were ill or injured.


A lawyer representing the victims in a civil action, Vivian Waller, described the crimes as "absolutely horrific" and said she wanted the Church to pay the victims compensation.

"We'll be claiming damages for pain and suffering and for the cost of medical treatment, and other special damages that will assist these victims to recover from what they've been through," she told reporters.

In a statement, the Christian Brothers, a Catholic order which runs schools around the world, apologised unreservedly to the victims.

"The Christian Brothers are deeply saddened by these events, especially by the great distress and suffering caused to these victims and their families," said Brother Brian Brandon from their Professional Standards arm.

Best initially contested the charges, and the Catholic Church at that time contributed financially to his defence, but he later changed his plea to guilty.

  • mabeeden - 2011-08-08 16:10

    And the "Holy Fathers" continue to plunder innocence.

      zaatheist - 2011-08-08 16:38

      Nice moral guardians, these brothers - One Brother kept watch while the other abused me ...(sexually)... then they changed over. Every time it ended with a severe beating. When I told the priest in Confession, he called me a liar. I never spoke about it again. I would have to go into his ...(Br X’s)... room every time he wanted. You’d get a hiding if you didn’t, and he’d make me do it ...(masturbate)... to him. One night I didn’t ...(masturbate him)... and there was another Brother there who held me down and they hit me with a hurley and they burst my fingers ...displayed scar…. There was one night, I wasn’t long there and I seen one of the Brothers on the bed with one of the young boys ... and I heard the young lad screaming crying and Br ...X… said to me "if you don’t mind your own business you’ll get the same|. ... I heard kids screaming and you know they are getting abused and that’s a nightmare in anybody’s mind. You are going to try and break out. ... So there was no way I was going to let that happen to me…. I remember one boy and he was bleeding from the back passage and I made up my mind, there was no way it ...(anal rape)... was going to happen to me. ... That used to play on my mind. The Irish Commission to Inquiry into Child Abuse (CICA)

      Grant - 2011-08-08 16:54

      I went to a Christian Brothers College. None of these hideous things ever happened in the 10 years of my schooling there. I received an excellent education which has stood me in good stead throughout my life. I condemn the actions of this one man in the order unreservedly. However, to tar the entire order with the same brush is narrow minded and vindictive.

      Gallows - 2011-08-08 17:33

      Grant do you seriously believe that this was an isolated incident? How many members of the order must be convicted before we can start tarring with the brush? If Christians were judged by the actions of their members you'd all burn.

  • zaatheist - 2011-08-08 16:14

    There we go again - and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again ....... Will this rape and coverup by the pope and his god peddling moral guardians ever cease? ......... and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again .......

      Epicurius - 2011-08-08 17:18

      But no, we the unlearned and unfaithful clearly don't understand the theological interpretation of this situation. It was simply that due to the theological concept of universal preemenant dominion that the holy godhead emancipated the triune trinity of supremely sanctioned godly emenance, leading the christian brother to only one possible solution to the spiritual dilemma he faced.....roger the little tykes like there's no freakin' tomorrow, it was the only way. I trust all the unlearned & unfaithful understand now? If not, thine eyes hath been blinded by lucifer himself.

      Sheda Hab - 2011-08-08 18:01

      @zaatheist you narrow minded blinded pope hater. I know of a brother who was kicked by the church for abuse. He left got married had two little boys and abused them as well as their friends. I also know of more paedophiles outside of the pope's church who get way with it everyday. And yet it carries on again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again AND GUYS LIKE YOU IGNORE IT AND LOOK THE OTHER WAY (AS LONG AS IT IS NOT COMMITTED BY SOME GUY WHO CONNED HIS WAY INTO A RELIGOUS ORGANISATION THAT DOES NOT HAVE YOUR APPROVAL) And don't tell me you don't know of the other cases (or you will be provin my opening line)

      Epicurius - 2011-08-08 18:42

      @ Sheda Hab - Of course there are paedophiles outside the church. Difference is there has been no systematic coverup of child abuse as large as that perpetrated by the catholic church - yes, right to the highest levels. Of course there are child sex rings not related to the church but none so shamelessly hidden by people in positions of supposed trust. Also, I don't think Zaatheist will mind you calling him a pope hater. I certainly hate the pope. The pope should be jailed for innumerable counts of obstruction of justice and accessory to child abuse / child rape. Is that clear enough for you?

      zaatheist - 2011-08-08 18:59

      @Sheda Hab -Isolated? This is Father Oliver O'Grady, a former Catholic priest. The church knew he was a child abuser. He gave this deposition last year in a civil law suit where he was accused of sodomizing a child over a hundred times. If the boy was tall or fat, that wouldn't attract me. I tended to take boys that were rather slim built. I tended to be attracted to the genital area, and there was a part of me would kind of want to be in touch with that, or to discover that, to see that in this particular boy. Q: What is it.. what about the little girls did you find attractive? O'GRADY: If she had a short dress or something like that I might have been tempted to, and often did, maybe raise her dress in a kind of subconscious way, or should I say in a way that she's not aware that I'm doing that. But checking her out at the same time, you know. You'd get a glimpse of her underwear. Q: And did you find that arousing? O'GRADY: I did, yes. The viewing was more attractive actually than the touching in the girl's case. Q: How about how you would greet the little girl you were grooming? Just use the name Sally. O'GRADY: Hi Sally, how you doing? Come here, I wanna give you a hug. You're a sweetheart, you know that. You're very special to me. I like you a lot. She might respond 'I like you too'. And that would allow me to give a better hug to you.

  • Fat Rucker - 2011-08-08 16:22

    let me guess - this was god's will / things happen for a reason / this was a test of faith etc...

      Gallows - 2011-08-08 16:25

      Of course dude. Why else would the church (who manifest "God"'s will on earth) endorse it by footing the bill.

  • Gallows - 2011-08-08 16:29

    A shout out to all the christians. Where was God when those kids were being molested?

  • ruda.sealie - 2011-08-08 16:30

    Great to see that the church paid for his defence!

      Grant - 2011-08-08 17:01

      The vows that the Brothers take are those of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. This one paedophile broke at least one of those vows but the one of poverty is one he would have had little influence over - they receive no money and he would have had no funds to access for legal fee's. The principle of 'Innocent until proven guilty' applies and he was entitled to legal assistance in court, as much so as any other criminal on trial - or would you rather the state paid his legal bill?

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-08-08 18:24

      It is the state responsibility to pay for fees in that case, not church Money that was DONATED by gullible followers. thats just sick., governments receive taxes, which are meant for crime prevention and protecting society from these monsters. do you get my drift??

      zaatheist - 2011-08-08 19:02

      @Grant Shame on you, You know that Catholic clergymen raping young children is a world wide problem. Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. What part of Matthew 18:6 doesn't the Catholic Church understand?

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      Epicurius - 2011-08-08 17:22

      Unfortunately...they did.

  • TheRealist - 2011-08-08 16:46

    He was (and still is) Best!

  • Jakob - 2011-08-08 20:52

    their true colors is coming out....

  • meelo - 2011-08-09 06:28

    And they suppose to be born again. But then again Jesus died for there sins isnt it, so just believe in Jesus. That makes it ok to be a peedo

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