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Child Abuse at Champagnat College, Wangaratta – A Call for Witnesses

Koffels Solicitors and Barristers is representing a client who has come forward with a deeply troubling allegation of sexual assault during the early 1970s. Our client alleges that he was sexually assaulted by William Allen, a music teacher while residing as a boarder at Champagnat College in Wangaratta, which was subsequently known as Galen Catholic College for Year 11s & 12s between 1975 and 1982.

The solicitors for the Marist Brothers have indicated they have no records concerning William Allen’s tenure at the College. We are eager to speak with anyone who may have knowledge or recollection of William Allen during his time at Champagnat College, including former students and teachers.

Important Note: William Allen Deceased (1985)

It has come to our attention that William Allen, the accused music teacher, passed away in 1985. Despite his passing, we believe it is crucial to gather information about his actions during his time at Champagnat College. We are interested in any details that may contribute to understanding the events surrounding the alleged sexual assault and child abuse.

How You Can Help:

If you or anyone you know has any relevant information regarding William Allen and his activities at Champagnat College in the early 1970s, we urge you to come forward. Your information could play a crucial role in shedding light on the alleged misconduct and ensuring accountability.

Confidentiality Assured:

We understand the sensitivity of this matter, and we want to assure all potential witnesses that any information shared will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Your privacy is paramount to us, and we will not share any details without your explicit consent.

Contact Information:

For those who wish to discuss this matter further or provide information, please contact Sarah McLellan, Special Counsel, at 9283 5599. Your courage in coming forward can make a significant impact in our pursuit of justice for the survivors and the broader community.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we appreciate any assistance you can provide in bringing a resolution to this deeply concerning issue.

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