Brian Joseph Spillane in court over sexual assault charges

AAP, Australia/September 02, 2009

Molesting girls in the confessional box and raping hypnotised boys was part of a pattern of "rampant pedophilia" by a former priest accused of sexually assaulting youngsters, a Sydney court has been told.

Brian Joseph Spillane, a former chaplain at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst, faced Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court today over a raft of new sexual assault charges.

He has been charged with an additional 29 counts of indecently assaulting 11 males and females, bringing the total number of charges against the former priest to 146.

In unsuccessfully opposing bail for the 66-year-old, crown prosecutor Beth Walker said the crown's case "presents the picture of rampant pedophilia'' and contended Mr Spillane posed a risk of flight and reoffending.

Ms Walker said Mr Spillane sexually assaulted both boys and girls between 1971 and 1990 during his time at both St Stanislaus boys' school in NSW's central west and St Anthony's parish at Marsfield, in Sydney's north.

She said a former teacher at St Stanislaus had told authorities of "group sex that he observed in the shower block'' and "sexual assault to a number of students''.

Mr Spillane is accused of serious offences including anal intercourse and group rape at the Bathurst boarding school, Ms Walker said.

Teachers at St Stanislaus "hypnotised boys for the purpose of having sexual intercourse with them'', she told the court.

Mr Spillane is also accused of indecently assaulting a number of girls, climbing into bed with them and simulating or attempting to have sex with them.

The charges stem from investigations by Strike Force Belle, which looked into allegations of sexual and indecent assaults against students at two secondary colleges at Bathurst between 1960 and 1993.

Magistrate Jane Culver granted bail with conditions including a $20,000 surety, that Mr Spillane reports to police daily and not involve himself with any activities that bring him into contact with children under 16.

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