A paedophile Catholic school teacher has been found guilty of 21 child sex offenses.
Edward Smith Hall, 68, committed most of the offences at St Pius X, a Catholic High School in Newcastle, where he taught maths, history and geography.
One victim, known to the court as DK, described how Hall had raped him in 1984 and had threatened to kill his parents if he told anyone about the assault.
Hall had also warned his victim that he would tell everyone the boy was a ‘p***ter’.
Another boy, known as PM, said he was sexually abused on multiple occasions by his teacher while on school trips, ABC News reported.
He was also abused at Hall’s unit in Merewether, after he was invited there to help Hall move his belongings to another apartment.
RD, another of the eleven boys who gave a testimony, told the court that Hall had asked him to put sunscreen on his naked body on a trip to the Barrington Tops.
Years later in 2004, the victim went to the Catholic Education office to complain, only to be told that Hall was dead.
RD only discovered that his former abuser was in fact still alive after seeing media reports in 2016.
‘I saw a news article and contacted police that day,’ he said.
Hall pleaded not guilty to the charges made against him, but out of the 31 sexual and indecent assault offences, the jury found him guilty of 21 of them.
However, Newcastle District Court Judge Tim Gartelmann noted that a fire which had ripped through the school in 2012 had destroyed evidence including archival records and photographs.
Edward Hall will receive his sentencing on December 13.