Ex-school teacher faces sex charges

A FORMER teacher at an Ouyen Catholic school will stand trial over historical child sex offences.

James Gunn, a teacher at St Joseph’s in Ouyen in the 1980s, faced a committal hearing at Mildura Magistrates’ Court on Thursday on four indecent assault charges.

The committal hearing heard from a witness, who was also a student at St Joseph’s, who recalled Gunn acting “inappropriately” towards him.

He did not, however, believe he had been sexually abused by Gunn.

The witness, whose name has been suppressed, recalled being asked to play strip poker by Gunn and him touching his groin area to “check his pulse”. 

He also recalled, while on a camping trip with Gunn, being asked if he wanted to get in his sleeping bag to “keep warm”. 

The witness said some of Gunn’s behaviour “didn’t feel right at the time” and made him a “scared boy”.

He said he didn’t tell anyone about the behaviour until he was between 18 and 20 when he told his parents. 

The alleged victim in the matter gave evidence at the hearing in a closed session. 

Gunn was committed to stand trial in the County Court for the offences and will face a directions hearing in Melbourne in July.

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