Thursday September 5 2013
– A Catholic brother has been charged with a series of sex offences allegedly committed 30 years ago.
Police arrested Brother Bernard Hartman at Melbourne Airport yesterday over alleged offences from the late ’70s and early ’80s.
The arrest of the 73-year-old follows an investigation into alleged offences that occurred at Catholic schools in Melbourne’s western suburbs between 1976 and 1982.
Brother Hartman was charged with 14 counts of indecent assault and is in custody. He faced court yesterday afternoon.
Police spokeswoman Julie-Anne Newman said detectives from Taskforce SANO alleged there were a number of victims, both male and female, who were aged between eight and 16 years at the time.
The Marianist brother was believed to be working with the order at a university in the US until recently.
Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Dwyer, from Taskforce SANO, said yesterday the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese was “instrumental” in assisting police in the investigation.
– Herald Sun