A former Catholic brother and staff member of St Joseph’s College for Boys in Masterton has appeared in Napier District Court on four charges relating to alleged child sex offences in the 1970s.
Kevin Healy, a former Marist brother known as Brother Gordon, has pleaded not guilty to three charges of assaulting two boys under the age of 16 in 1976, and one charge of indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 1977.
Healy is 79, his defence lawyer Scott Jefferson said, and an application would be made to stay the prosecution on the basis of his age and poor health.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Healy, was employed at St Joseph’s school at the time of the offending but it is understood only the alleged offending against one of the victims related to activity connected to the school.
It is alleged one of the 16-year-old boys was indecently assaulted at a St Joseph’s College camp.
The other offences are alleged to have occurred at the victims’ homes.
While Healy is understood to have been employed in some capacity by St Joseph’s, it is not clear if he was a teacher.
There is no reference to his name, or ‘Brother Gordon’, in the school’s 1977 year book.
Jefferson said Healy’s next appearance would be on December 17 when pre-trial applications would be considered.
This would include the defence’s application for the stay of prosecution for which a further date would be set for a hearing.
If a stay is agreed by the judge, it would halt the prosecution process.
No summary of facts is yet available.
St Joseph’s College no longer exists in Masterton.
The school was merged with St Bride’s College for Girls in 1978 to form the current Chanel College.