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Patrick Harte was found guilty

Patrick Harte was found guilty

Patrick Harte was found guilty

A retired school teacher has being convicted of fondling schoolboys five decades ago.

Patrick Harte (78), of Glendown Park, Templeogue, Dublin, had denied 11 counts of indecent assault of seven complainants at the Sancta Maria Christian Brothers on Synge Street.

The offences took place between September 1968 and September 1970.

The jury of six men and six women began deliberations on Friday.

After a little over six hours, they brought in guilty verdict on all counts.

The verdicts were by majority, with two jurors dissenting.

The trial, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, heard that the defendant was a teacher at the primary school in the late 1960s when the complainants were aged around 10.

Anne Rowland, prosecuting, told the jury the accused would fondle some of the boys after calling them to the top of the class.

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One complainant, now in his 60s, told the trial the accused called him up to the front and put his hand down his trousers and fondled his genitals.

He said Harte had previously physically assaulted him.

Harte had strenuously denied the allegations.

Judge Martin Nolan remanded him to appear for sentence on April 27.