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Sexual abuse complaint: Christian Brothers blamed for son's death

The spotlight on sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is widening to include fresh allegations against the Christian Brothers in Dunedin.

An ODT Insight investigation, as part of the ongoing "Marked by the Cross" series, has uncovered allegations of historic sexual abuse, dating back to the 1970s, levelled against two Christian Brothers.

A Dunedin mother, speaking on condition of anonymity, said she blamed her son's suicide on the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of one of the men, Br Desmond Fay, in the 1970s.

And a fresh police complaint has also been lodged in recent weeks by a man alleging he was repeatedly molested by another Christian Brother at St Paul's High School, in Dunedin, in 1971-72.

The contact, which the mother said escalated from grooming to sexual abuse over time, continued from the time the boy was 7 until he revealed the abuse to his family aged 11, the mother said.

The mother said she received a tearful confession days later from Br Fay, who told her he "only wanted to teach [her son] how to love".

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