Mr Robert Brandenburg was born in 1936. He was involved in the Church of England Boys’ Society (CEBS) as a layperson and was not at any stage a member of the clergy. He rose to senior positions within CEBS in South Australia and nationally in the late 1960s.
In April 1981, Mr Brandenburg was deposed as commissioner of South Australian CEBS at an election. At around this time, Mr Brandenburg also ceased to be a salaried employee of CEBS, apparently due to CEBS no longer having the funds to employ him. In around 1981, Mr Brandenburg became an employee of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide with responsibilities for the management of campsites and parish liaison. On 21 January 1989, Mr Brandenburg’s employment was transferred to Anglicare SA. Anglicare SA was originally known as Anglican Community Services; however, it adopted the name Anglicare SA in round 1998 and was separately incorporated as Anglicare SA in 2000. Bishop George said that, although it was separately incorporated, it was still very much part of the diocesan structure. Mr Brandenburg retired from Anglicare SA on 31 July 1998.
On 24 May 1999, Mr Brandenburg was charged with 34 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and 341 counts of indecent assault. On 2 June 1999, two days before he was due to appear in court, Mr Brandenburg took his own life by drowning.
In 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard that at one stage Brandenburg’s former boss, former Anglicare SA Chief Executive, Gerard Menses, had being aware of allegations of Brandenburg taking boys alone to camp sites and sexually abusing them, and had not informed the proper authorities due to the advice he was given by his solicitor. Brandenburg’s behaviour followed a consistent pattern of involvement with boys as he had been involved three years earlier in a disciplinary meeting with Mr Menses over bathing naked in a spa with a 10-year old boy.
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