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Catholic brother jailed over indecent assaults on students
A former Catholic brother who spanked the bare backsides of students under the guise of punishment
has been jailed.
Edward Mamo, 68, would often touch himself and make comments to the students while hitting them, the
Victorian County Court heard.
Judge Julian Leckie said Mamo, who worked as a bus driver and sports coach at Monivae College in
Hamilton, was guilty of a serious breach of trust.
"You breached that duty of care by sexually interfering with them," Judge Leckie told Mamo.
"They suffered and continue to suffer emotional and psychological trauma as a result of your offending."
He sentenced Mamo to two years and three months in jail, with a minimum term of 18 months.
Mamo pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault on seven schoolboys over a four-year
period in the 1970s.
Three victims were in court today for the sentencing.
One victim welcomed the decision and flagged pending civil action by the group of victims against
the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, which ran the school.
"We've achieved the goal of getting him off the streets," the victim said outside court.
Catholic brother offers excuse of discipline for molestation
A judge has rejected an argument by a Catholic brother who molested boarders at a
regional Victorian college that he did so to discipline them.
Almost all of Edward Mamo's victims at Hamilton's Monivae College,
where he was a bus driver and hockey coach in the late 1970s, were being disciplined when
molested, the County Court heard yesterday.
Mamo has admitted taking five boarders to the school's laundry, where he ordered
them to remove their pants and bend over a chest before he struck them with a leather strap.
Mamo would often touch himself and make comments while hitting them, the court heard.
In one incident, after belting a young student with a strap, Mamo fondled his genitals.
On another occasion a student who "had been giving cheek" during a school trip was told
to wait on the bus and was molested.
Mamo has pleaded guilty to seven charges of unlawful and indecent assault with
a child under 16, committed in 1976-80.
Defence counsel Peta Murphy said her client didn't dispute the sexual element
of the offending, "but his motivation, in his mind at the time, was discipline".
But Judge Julian Leckie rejected this, saying Mamo had used discipline as a
"guise to indulge a sexual interest.
He was indulging some perverted sexual abuse on his part. When he was
hitting these boys he was getting some sexual gratification from that".
Judge Leckie said there was no evidence any of the students had done anything serious.
"There may have been some justification for punishing the student. He then used
that opportunity to indulge (his) sexual interest," he said.
Crown prosecutor Kieran Gilligan called for a jail term of up to
four years because of Mamo's "gross breach of trust".
"There was a certain element of vulnerability to the victims.
This was the cynical exploitation of them for his sexual gratification," he said.
"They were students at the college, and soft targets in that respect."
Mamo was bailed for sentencing on Friday.
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