Former rugby coach to stand trial on indecent assault charges

John McClean (74) accused of sexually abusing nine victims at Terenure College

Former rugby coach John McClean of Casimir Avenue, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former rugby coach John McClean of Casimir Avenue, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

 

A former rugby coach and teacher at a Dublin school will stand trial on charges of indecent assault next year.

John McClean (74), of Casimir Avenue, Harold’s Cross, was sent forward from the District Court earlier this year on 35 charges of indecently assaulting nine males at Terenure College, Templeogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W, on dates between 1973 and 1989.

Some of the complainants feature in multiple counts, including one who had made 14 allegations; 13 were made by another complainant.

The charges are under Section 62 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Friday, Judge Martin Nolan confirmed a trial date of November 2nd, 2020 in relation to these charges.

A pretrial hearing date of July 29th, 2020 was also set.

Mr McClean has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Mr McClean was an English and drama teacher who also coached rugby at the school for decades before taking up a position as director of rugby in UCD in the 1990s.