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Police have charged an 81-year-old Kingscliff man who was a former Catholic school teacher with 19 historic sex offences against children and adult teenagers in the 1970s and 1980s at a Lismore school.

The man was arrested by detectives at his home in Kingscliff today (Tuesday) and taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was charged with nine counts of sexual assault against a child, three counts of sex assault, four counts of indecent assault, one count of detain for advantage and two counts of soliciting a male to commit an indecent act.

The arrest was a result of work by officers from Richmond Local Area Command who established Strike Force Golvo in April this year to investigate historic sexual abuse at a Catholic school in Lismore.

The man has been granted conditional bail and will appear Lismore Local Court on 20 October.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1977 and 1986 while the man was employed as a teacher at the Catholic boarding school.

The victims were all students of the school at the time.

Detectives charged a second man, aged 74, in June this year with similar offences.

Police believe there could be further victims and are appealing them to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 


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