Former rugby coach and teacher John McLean has been charged with lewdly assaulting a male student at a private school in South Dublin.
Mr McLean, 76, of Kashmir Avenue in Harold Cross, Dublin, was charged Tuesday with 49 counts of lewdly assaulting a number of male students at Terenure College in the 1970s and 1980s.
He then appeared before Judge John King of the Dublin District Court.
Detective Garda James Duffy of Crumlin Garda Station, presenting evidence of the arrest, indictment, and caution, told Judge King that the defendant made no response to the charges.
He said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had instructed the defendants to face a “trial on prosecution.”
The judge also noted that the DPP agreed that he would be sent to make a judgment based on the signed petition.
Attorney Dara Robinson said the state needs to prepare a book of evidence.
The defendant sat in the dock, covered his face with his left hand, and faced the judge.
Judge King said he had no objections to bail and ordered the defendants to appear again in October.
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He has yet to show any plea.
The defendant, who wore a navy blazer, black pants, and bright green shoes, did not address the court.
Mr. McLean is an English and drama teacher and also spent decades as a rugby coach at prestigious schools before taking a position as director of rugby at University College Dublin (UCD) in the 1990s.
https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/former-terenure-college-teacher-charged-with-indecent-assault-of-boys-2-1351002.html Former Terenure University teacher charged with indecent assault on male student