A JUDGE will deliver a verdict today in the trial of former St Pius X, Adamstown teacher Edward “Ted” Hall on charges of sexually abusing 11 students between 1973 and 1986.
Mr Hall moved to Junee following his retirement in 2000.
Judge Tim Gartelmann was due to deliver the decision in Newcastle District Court at 9.30am after a trial in which Mr Hall repeatedly denied 31 charges including sexual intercourse, assault, acts of indecency and attempting to detain a boy for sexual gratification.
“That is a complete fabrication,” he said after one former student alleged Mr Hall forced his penis into the student’s mouth at the school in the early 1980s.
The student alleged Mr Hall indecently assaulted him in a number of different ways between 1980 and 1981.
“Did you do that at all?” Mr Hall’s barrister Colin Heazlewood asked.
“Not at all,” Mr Hall said.
He strongly rejected allegations he indecently assaulted 11 male students while on school excursions, at his Merewether unit, at the school, in the surf and on overnight shooting trips during his more than 13 years at St Pius.
He denied owning a selection of canes and keeping them in a cupboard near his school desk.
He denied caning boys in the classroom, and particularly in the corners of the classroom where a student alleged he was also indecently assaulted.
Mr Hall left St Pius in June, 1986 shortly after a boy and his parents reported sexual abuse allegations to police.
He later taught at Sydney private boys’ schools including Newington College and Trinity Grammar.
He was known as Tony Hall at Newington College.