Former Limerick school teacher to face indecent assault charges

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Limerick Circuit Court
THE TRIAL is due to start this Friday of a former school teacher in Limerick who has denied 78 charges of indecently assaulting 13 schoolboys over 30 years ago.

THE TRIAL is due to start this Friday of a former school teacher in Limerick who has denied 78 charges of indecently assaulting 13 schoolboys over 30 years ago.

The school nor the identity of the 73 year-old former teacher cannot be disclosed in order to protect the identities of the alleged victims.

The series of assaults are alleged to have occurred over a three period, from September 1, 1978 to June 30, 1981.

It took the court registrar at Limerick Circuit Court nearly half an hour this Thursday to read out all the charges against the pensioner.

The accused replied ‘not guilty’ to each of the charges, which are alleged to have occurred over three separate school calendar years.

Ten of the 13 alleged injured parties were present in court for the hearing this Thursday, in which it took several hours to swear in a jury of seven men and five women.

The incidents are alleged to have happened in a classroom, cloakroom, corridor, boilerhouse and in a hallway of the school.

The indecent assaults included touching the genital areas both inside and outside the boys clothes, touching the buttocks and the alleged victims being forcibly kissed.

He has also been accused of fondling one of the boys inside his trousers while he sat at his school desk.

The alleged victims who attended this school in the Limerick area now reside right across the city and county.

State prosecutor John O’Sullivan warned the jury that this “will be a long case” and could take up to a month to be heard.

A number of garda witnesses may give evidence in the case, including Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan, Superintendent John Scanlon, Garda Paul Crowley, Roxboro Road station, and Garda Deirdre Foley, also Roxboro.

Gardai from outside the Limerick jurisdiction may also be called to give evidence, as well as the principal of this particular school in more recent years.

The trial at Limerick Circuit Court before Judge John Hannon will start at 10.30am this Friday.