There have been dozens of cases of convicted clergy pedophiles all over Australia. Like, Father Peter Lewis Comensoli, Brother Michael Evans and Kelvin Sharkey, who all sexually abused altar boys in Wollongong in the '60s and '70s. Then we look at Sydney, Gellong, Ballarat and the list goes on and on across Australia and across the world. One could call it an epidemic.
"But what happened at St Stanislaus College, Bathurst, in the 1970s and 1980s has been described as a "pedophile paradise".
Brother William Irwin, assistant chaplain Kevin Phillips, former chaplain Brian Spillane and Rick McPhillamy have all been convicted for assaults against children in the '80s and '90s.
Spillane was also convicted earlier this year on nine counts of indecent assault against three girls aged between eight and 17 while he was based in Sydney in about 1979.
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St Stanislaus College, Bathurst in the 1970s and 1980s was referred to by an anonymous former student as a "pedophile paradise" due to the abusive activities of priests there.
William Stanley Irwin, 55, for instance, a former Catholic brother, was convicted on 31 March 2011 by a jury in the Sydney District Court on two counts of gross indecency on a male under the age of 18 at St Stanislaus' College in Bathurst in the mid-1980s. Having been asked by the boy's parents to counsel him in relation to prior sexual abuse, Irwin kissed the youth and initiated mutual masturbation when the pair stayed at the boarding school overnight during a road trip in 1986. Irwin was later a dormitory master at St Stanislaus' for two years and a chaplain and teacher at St Aloysius' College at Milsons Point.
Kevin Francis Phillips, similarly, pleaded guilty in a Sydney District Court on 3 December 2010 to four counts of gross indecency with a child under the age of 18. Phillips was sentenced on 21 April 2011 to a total of 15 months jail. On the first three counts, he was sentenced to a concurrent term of nine months starting on 21 April 2011 and expiring on 20 January 2012. On the final charge of gross indecency by a male with a male under 18 years, Phillips was sentenced to a term of nine months to start on 21 October 2011 and expiring on 20 July 2012 with a non-parole period of three months.
Brian Joseph Spillane also was convicted on 30 November 2010 on nine counts of indecent assault against three girls aged between eight and seventeen while he was based in Sydney in about 1979, a Vincentian priest at that time.
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During bail proceedings it was heard that Spillane faced a further 135 charges relating to alleged offences against boys at St Stanislaus' College whilst Spillaine was chaplain
These latter charges were expected to be heard in four more trials that were expected to last until late 2011. Spillaine was refused bail. After a court-ordered media blackout was lifted, in place since 2013, it was reported in 2016 that Spillane was convicted of assaults on five St Stanislaus' College students after a trial in 2013, and in 2015 he pleaded guilty to assaults on four boys at the school in the late 1980s.