February 14, 2005

Priest and brother to be extradited


21:33 AEDT Mon Feb 14 2005

An Australian Catholic priest and a religious brother will be extradited to New Zealand to face child sex charges dating back 50 years.

Fr Raymond John Garchow, 57, and Brother Rodger Maloney, 70, both worked at the Marylands School in Christchurch.

They, along with Brother William Lebler, now 83, are accused of carrying out indecent acts and sodomy on young boys at the New Zealand boarding school, which was funded by the St John of God Catholic order, between 1955 and 1979.

They face a total of 61 charges of sexual assault against the boys, many of them with mental disabilities and learning difficulties.

In Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court, Magistrate Hugh Dillion ordered Garchow and Maloney be extradited to New Zealand on a date to be set pending an appeal.

Lebler, who was deemed "borderline mentally retarded" by psychiatrists, was released by the court and escaped extradition. He therefore will not be tried for his alleged crimes.

Posted by kshaw at February 14, 2005 06:54 AM