I went to a Marist Secondary College in Sydney. One of our feeder schools was in Hunters Hill, and I suspect that that was where Kostka taught restlessheart. Kostka never taught where I was. Restlessheart may well have done secondary there – we produced many lawyers including me.
There was a group of active homosexual students the year below me who were careless enough to allow a graphic note to be found. Every boy in the form was interrogated about the group’s identities by one or more of the brothers. So far as I know, everyone who did know kept silent, although when I heard about the investigation and started making my own enquiries, I had no trouble finding out who they were. I was just a curious 15 year old who wanted to know who the poofters were so I could avoid them. The latest business makes me wonder why the brothers wanted to know. I know that some would now say they wanted to groom them, and others may say they wanted to try and help them. I used to think the latter. Now I wonder!
I’ve seen a lot of names on this discussion. None of them ever taught at my school while I was there. However one brother we had definitely was gay, and I saw him in Sydney city on a street corner years later in civvies approaching adult men. As for whether he liked little boys and/or did anything to any of my fellow students I don’t know. He appeared to be targeting men well above school age that night! He’s not mentioned on Broken Rites or MAKO.
A lay teacher taught there for a few months before just not turning up for work suddenly. He was replaced soon after, and many of us asked where he was because he had some exam papers for marking which we never got back. No one ever got an answer, although I heard many years later through my criminal law work that he is serving a very long sentence for child sex offences. It appears that the explanation for his sudden disappearance was that he’d either tried something with one of us or someone got wind of his inclinations and moved him on post haste. Sound typical?
I must side with restlessheart on the “Kostka was touchy but didn’t try anything sexual” issue. (Part 1 of this discussion) BerraBoy68 himself said this about Paul Lyons in post #38 (Part 1): “As for Lyons, he used to take me out of other teachers classes and drive around town with me, take me to lunch etc.. lots of touching (arms, legs etc.. but nothing sexual…” and nothing that restlessheart said that he saw Kostka do would amount to a sexual assault at law. BerraBoy clearly changed his own view of what constitutes “sexual” in post #117 (Part 1).
Restlessheart did take a quantum leap saying he was sure it never happened to his mates though.
I am a criminal lawyer and know Kostka’s lawyer although I haven’t discussed the case with him. I won’t either. For my part, however, I think Kostka will serve some time – 75 years old or not! He would if he was before a Sydney Court for those offences in my view. We’ll all find out soon. Greg will do his best to prevent it. That’s our job. We’ll see!
Mick1965-You may have some compensation entitlement without joining Porters’ class action against the Marist Brothers. You’d be well advised to talk to a specialist criminal lawyer from ACT about this.