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Former Scout Master, Teacher Arrested

A FORMER Scout master and a former Catholic school teacher have been charged with pedophile offences by South Australian Police.
The charges are the latest by a SA pedophile task force, which has now charged more more than 25 people, including church officials and a Salvation Army minister.
The latest charges were laid against a former Catholic schoolteacher in Canberra today, the officer in charge of the task force, Detective Superintendent Grant Stevens, said.
The 76-year-old former teacher at Adelaide's Blackfriars College was charged with 18 counts of indecent assault and 18 counts of gross indecency.
The offences were allegedly committed in Adelaide between 1955 and 1959 on seven boys aged 10-12 at the time.
A 69-year-old former Scout master and member of the Boy Scouts Association of SA was charged in Newcastle, New South Wales, on Tuesday with one count of rape and one count of indecent assault, Supt Stevens said.
The offences were alleged to have occurred at Plympton in western Adelaide between 1958 and 1959 on a boy who was 12 at the time.
Both men would be summonsed to appear in court at later dates, Supt Stevens said.
The charges were an "ongoing reminder that the pedophile task force takes all allegations of sexual abuse seriously, regardless of when the offences took place", he said.
The task force was established in June 2003, initially to investigate child sex abuse within the Anglican Church in Adelaide.
It was later widened to include other community groups and has so far laid pedophilia charges against people including former Anglican ministers, a Church of England boys' society leader, a former Salvation Army minister, other former Scout leaders, and a former junior coach with the SA surf lifesaving association.

AAP (18-3-2005)

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