St Leo’s College, Box Hill

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2018 showed that of the Catholic Church authorities that received claims of child sexual abuse, the Christian Brothers received the highest number of claims relating to child sexual abuse alleged to have occurred in a school (728 claims). Out of the total of 728 claims, 21 occurred at St Leo’s College. The College closed down in 1994.

The College was one of the playgrounds (among others) of the convicted pedophile and Christian Brother Robert Best who was sentenced in 2017 to another 10 years and five months in jail after admitting to the sexual abuse of a further 20 boys in his care. Best had earlier been sentenced to 14 years and nine months in jail in 2011 for similar crimes against 11 boys over a 20-year period from the late 1960s at several Victorian schools.

We invite former students of St Leo’s College, teachers and parents to contact us to tell us confidentially what information they may have, and we will explain what options are available to help with these cases.

Call us or complete the confidential enquiry form.