Former ACT schoolteacher and ASIC regional commissioner for the ACT Peter Cuzner, of Kaleen, pleaded not guilty in court today to charges relating to the alleged abuse of a teenage boy in the 1980s.
Earlier this week RiotACT reported that a 60-year-old Kaleen man would today face three charges of acts of indecency on a person under 16 years of age. The Canberran and three other men, all of NSW, were due to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this week following reports of historic sexual abuse investigated under Operation Attest.
ACT Policing established the operation to investigate allegations of historical sexual abuse at institutions within the ACT.
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Read the ABC’s report from Tuesday regarding proceedings that day in relation to two of the three NSW men, former Marist brothers John William Chute (known as Brother Kostka), 83, and Brother Gregory Joseph Sutton, 64, here.
The Canberra Times reported this morning that Cuzner (pictured top and above centre leaving the ACT Magistrates Court at around 9.20am today) pleaded not guilty this morning to three acts of indecency against a 14-year-old boy in 1986; that he was stood down from his ASIC position once the organization learnt of the charges late last month; and that he taught at both Marist and Daramalan Colleges during this teaching career, though it was not known where he was working at the time of the alleged offences.
Cuzner’s case was adjourned till late April.
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