Thursday September 5 2013
– An elderly American Catholic brother has been charged over child sex abuse allegedly committed almost 40 years ago in Melbourne.
Bernard Hartman allegedly committed the offences against two male and two female victims, aged between 6 and 16, while he was working at St Paul’s College in Altona between 1976 and 1982. The 73-year-old brother has been charged with 14 counts of indecent assault.
Detectives from Taskforce SANO, created last year after the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse, arrested him on Wednesday.
Brother Hartman was the focus of allegations from Altona Meadows woman Mairead Ashcroft at the inquiry in November. Allegations were also made against him in 2003.
In the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Magistrate Dan Muling bailed him to live at an address in Melbourne once a criminal justice visa is obtained.
Brother Hartman will be back in court on November 28th.
– Niño Bucci & Rania Spooner