Brother Nestor Littler
John Aloysius Littler was born on 17 June 1926. He joined the Marist Brothers in the late 1940s, and after finishing his religious training, he took his final vows in 1951. He took on the religious name of "Brother Nestor". Brother Nestor worked/served at the following schools and institutions throughout his religious career:
St Vincent’s Boys’ Home, Westmead – from 1955 to 1964;
St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill – from 1964 to 1970;
Marist Brothers High School, Maitland (known now as All Saints College)– from 1972 to 1977; and
Marist High School, Parramatta – from 1985 to 1886.
Like many other Marist Brothers, Brother Nestor has been involved in controversies dealing with child sexual abuse. They include the following:
In 1993, Brother Nestor (then aged 67) pleaded guilty to three charges of indecently assaulting a boy at St Vincent’s Boys’ Home in 1962. The boy was aged 15 at the time. Brother Nestor, however, was only given a $500 five-year good behaviour bond considering his high standing in the community;
In 1993, Brother Nestor fled to the United States after further investigations were commenced on other victims being abused at St Vincent’s Boys Home. He was eventually arrested and extradited back to Australia. In 1997, Brother Nestor (then aged 71) was charged on a further 29 counts of sexual assault (including buggery) of five other boys at the Home during the 1950s and ‘60s. Unfortunately, his trial was cancelled due to his failing health; and
In 2015, further allegations emerged that Brother Nestor - as principal of Marist Brothers High School in Maitland - sexually abused a student in 1976 when the student was only 11 at the time.
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