The guy was charged in 2014, I find it hard to believe during and since his trial, not one person informed the club, i can easily see how people at the time didn’t know.I think we can probably forgive most of the club for not knowing this bloke was even associated with our club 40 odd years ago, and not following a random child sexual assault case.
I'd imagine that maybe only club historian Tony De Bolfo and maybe Shane O'Sullivan come close to being around the place in the 70s.
For arguments sake, let’s say for the last 6 years, no club supporter, member, former player, former staff or victim has said anything to the club regarding this, does that not expose a monstrous flaw in our justice system?
After this bloke was arrested, charged and convicted (multiple times) for sexual assault against boys he groomed through sport, wouldn’t the authorities enquire about his involvement in our club, where he coached young kids? After all, his convictions were for crimes around the time he was with us.
I find it hard to believe that the club wouldn’t have been contacted as part of the investigations, I also find it hard to believe that the Saints can have two life members convicted over child sex crimes and take 7 years to cancel their memberships.