Marist brother who sexually assaulted five boys sentenced to nine months' jail

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Sentence given to Gerard McNamara, 80, criticised as too lenient and ‘appalling’

An elderly Marist brother and former school principal, who sexually assaulted five boys in regional Victoria while giving them “sports massages”, will serve nine months in jail.

But a spokesman for child sex abuse victims has slammed the sentence handed down at Victoria county court in Melbourne on Monday as too lenient, calling it tokenistic and “appalling”.

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