Dilworth School: Former teacher admits sexually abusing boys in classroom and dormitory

A former teacher has admitted to sexually abusing boys at Dilworth School in Auckland before committing other offenses in the 2000s. (File photo)

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A former teacher has admitted to sexually abusing boys at Dilworth School in Auckland before committing other offenses in the 2000s. (File photo)

A former teacher and housekeeper at Dilworth School has admitted to sexually abusing eight boys in his care.

But despite his guilty pleas, the 74-year-old has kept his name withheld and is allowed to remain free on bail, on health grounds.

He appeared on Wednesday via audio-visual link in the Auckland High Court where he admitted 11 charges of indecent assault, some of which date back to the 1980s.

Court documents disclosed to Thing show that the teacher sexually abused some of the boys in his class. Once he asked a boy to stay after school and help him tidy up.

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The teacher abused the boy as he stood on a ladder or desk to reach a high shelf and stack textbooks.

He targeted other boys in the dormitory of one of the boarding houses where he was a householder and attacked another boy in the telephone room.

Judge Ian Gault at the Auckland High Court.  (File photo)

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Judge Ian Gault at the Auckland High Court. (File photo)

The teacher also admitted to sexually abusing two other boys in the 2000s, after leaving Dilworth.

Some of the survivors of the teacher’s offense contacted police after media coverage of other Dilworth cases.

The summary of facts states that none of the survivors were physically harmed, but “the psychological damage for many was irreparable”.

Judge Ian Gault placed the teacher on bail on ‘personal health grounds’ until a summons in August. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Crown prosecutor Jacob Barry did not object to bail, but said the Crown would seek jail time.

Thing understands that the defendant only recently stopped teaching after rising through the ranks to a leadership position at a school in South Auckland.

The Crown has opposed the removal of the man’s name in previous hearings, arguing that naming the former teacher could lead to more survivors coming forward.

Thing can now reveal that the former teacher was the subject of allegations in 1997, but the case was dropped halfway through the trial after the survivor testified.

It is unclear why the case was dropped as parts of the court filing were lost.

Operation Beverly

The teacher whose name has been removed is one of 12 men arrested and charged with historic sex offenses in Dilworth. They face a total of 103 drug and sexual abuse charges that date back to the 1970s and occurred as recently as the 2000s.

Rex McIntosh outside Auckland District Court.

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Rex McIntosh outside Auckland District Court.

More than 200 people spoke to police and detectives investigated former teachers, staff, school volunteers and leaders of the school’s scout group.

Three of the defendants – Keith William Dixon, Rex Clarence McIntosh and Richard Charles Galloway – have since died, having denied historical sexual abuse allegations against them.

Former assistant manager Ian Robert Wilson was sentenced to three years and seven months in prison after admitting to committing an offence.

Dilworth School Scoutmaster Graeme Charles Lindsay of Levin also admitted the charges and was sentenced to six months and two weeks house arrest.

Former Dilworth School Deputy Headmaster Ian Robert Wilson is sentenced in Auckland District Court on seven counts relating to the historic sexual abuse of boys.

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Former Dilworth School Deputy Headmaster Ian Robert Wilson is sentenced in Auckland District Court on seven counts relating to the historic sexual abuse of boys.

The school’s former chaplain, Ross Douglas Browne, pleaded guilty to 13 counts and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

A former school guardian, Jonathan Peter Stephens, has admitted indecently assaulting two boys and was sentenced to six months house arrest.

Former deputy householder Alister Grant Harlow also admitted to the child sex abuse charges and has yet to be convicted.

Others have denied the charges and are to be tried in the Auckland High Court.

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Former Dilworth chaplain and scout leader Ross Browne is facing four historic charges of sexually abusing boys.

Anyone with information can contact the Operation Beverly team on (09) 302 6624 or by emailing [email protected]

In addition to criminal cases, two survivors of historic sexual abuse in Dilworth are filing a class action lawsuit with the Human Rights Commission.

The survivors invite others to join their claim, which alleges that school staff failed to protect students from systemic sexual abuse.

Where to get help for sexual violence

Male Survivors Aotearoa Helplines across New Zealand, click to find out more.

Rape Crisis 0800 88 33 00, click link for local helplines.

Victim Support 0800 842 846, SMS 4334, webchat safetotalk.nz or email [email protected]

Harbor’s online support and information for victims of sexual abuse.

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