Brother Gregory Joseph Sutton

Br Gregory Joseph Sutton was born on 19 March 1951.   He taught at Marist Brother schools between 1970 and 1990, and during his appointment at the schools he had sexually abused and committed sexual assaults on boys and girls between the ages 9 and 11.  Places of assault include classrooms, his monastery bedrooms, in the playground, cars and at the homes of the children. 

Some of the sexual abuse included having two children engage with sexual acts with each other.

He had many students being groomed by him at the same time and often students were asked to help with tasks such as collecting equipment and meeting him after class.        

Earliest reports of his sexual abuse was in 1973 at the first school he taught in Innisfail, North Queensland.   

He also taught at the following schools:

·         Marist Primary School (now known as Marist Sacred Heart), Mosman in 1976

·         Marist Brothers College, Eastwood in 1978

·         St Thomas Moore Primary School, Campbelltown in 1984

·         St Carthage’s Primary School, Lismore from 1985 to 1987 (run by the Catholic Diocese of Lismore)

·         Marist College, Canberra

Earliest reported suspected knowledge was by Mr Doherty, a former Marist Brother who had worked at the same parish school in 1973.  Mr Doherty complained to the local Marist community Superior and the Provincial Br Charles Howard that Sutton “may be interfering with children.” 

Reports of sexual abuse by parents of the children who had been sexually abused by Brother Sutton were made to the principal of St Carthage’s Primary School, Sister Julia in 1985.

In around 1989, Br Sutton moved to the United States.  He was extradited in around 1993, after reports of sexual abuse was made to the police in 1989.  

Marist Brothers that Br Sutton was acquainted with at Marist Brothers College, Canberra include Br Kostka Chute,  and Brother Peter "Bartholomew" Spratt