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Christian Brother jailed for abusing boys

Melb court

A Christian Brother has been jailed for sexually abusing students in Victoria over more than two decades.

John Laidlaw, 80, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault and two of sexually penetrating a child while teaching at various Catholic schools in the state between 1963 and 1984.

His six victims were boys aged 12 to 17.

County Court Judge Peter Berman on Thursday jailed Laidlaw for four-and-a-half years, noting he could die in prison.

"You are going to jail for a finite number of years. Your victims will never be free from the effects of your exploitation of them," he said.

"Had you done recently what you did so long ago, much longer sentences would have been imposed."

Laidlaw must spend at least three years and two months behind bars before being eligible for release on parole.

Judge Berman's full sentencing remarks are available online at:

https://www.countycourt.vic.gov.au/news-and-media/news-listing/2019-07-18-sentencing-remarks-dpp-v-john-laidlaw

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