Former Terenure College rugby coach charged with indecent assault of nine boys

John McClean (73) accused of carrying out assaults at the school between 1973 and 1989

Former Terenure College, Dublin and UCD rugby coach John McClean (73) leaves the Dublin District Court on Wednesday after he was charged with more than 30 counts of indecently assaulting schoolboys at Terenure College over a 17 year period. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former Terenure College, Dublin and UCD rugby coach John McClean (73) leaves the Dublin District Court on Wednesday after he was charged with more than 30 counts of indecently assaulting schoolboys at Terenure College over a 17 year period. Photograph: Collins Courts

 

A former rugby coach at Terenure College is to stand trial accused of indecently assaulting nine students at the south Dublin secondary school over a 17-year period.

John McClean (73), Casimir Avenue, Harold’s Cross, Dublin was remanded on bail to appear again in January when he is to be served with a book of evidence.

He appeared before Judge Dermot Simms at Dublin District Court on Wednesday following his arrest at 7.40am this morning.

Det Sergeant Jason Miley told the court he arrested the accused near his home and he was then brought to Terenure Garda station where he was charged at around 9.30am.

He was cautioned after each charge and “made no reply” nine times, Det Sergeant Miley said.

He was charged with 35 counts of indecently assaulting nine males at Terenure College, Templeogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W between 1973 and 1989.

Some of the complainants feature in multiple counts, including one who had made 14 allegations.

Dressed in a black suit, white shirt and blue tie, he did not address the court during the hearing and has not yet indicated how he will plead.

He sat on the defendant’s bench, turned toward the judge and shielded his face with his right hand for most of the brief hearing.

Det Sergeant Miley said the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed “trial on indictment”. This means the case will go before a judge and jury in the circuit court.

There was no objection to bail with conditions.

Defence solicitor Dara Robinson said these had been canvassed with his client already and subject to the ruling of the court there was agreement.

Det Sergeant Miley then read out the terms.

Mr McClean has to sign on every Saturday at Terenure Garda station between 9am and 9pm, have no contact with the alleged injured parties or witnesses, directly or indirectly, and surrender his passport within 48 hours.

The passport can be returned to him if he needed to visit relatives in the UK.

There was no requirement for money to be lodged and bail was set in his own bond of €500.

He was remanded on bail to appear again at the district court on January 9th next when it is expected he will be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

Mr McClean, an English and drama teacher who also coached rugby, worked at the prestigious school for decades before taking up a rugby coaching position in UCD in the 1990s.