A former rugby coach and English teacher is on trial in connection with the historic abuse of a number of teenage boys at a school in south Dublin.
ohn McClean, 77, was indicted on more than 40 counts of lewd assault over an 18-year period from 1972 to 1990.
He faces a jury trial in circuit court after the Director of the Prosecutor’s Office (DPP) ruled that the allegations were too serious for the district court.
Judge John King released him on bail until an October date to facilitate the preparation of documentary evidence.
The defendant has a domicile at Harold Cross, Casimir Avenue, Dublin 6, and faces 49 counts of lewd assault between 1972 and 1990.
The attack is believed to have taken place at Terenure College on Templeorg Road in Terenure, where McLean was an English teacher and rugby coach.
Garda James Duffy told the Dublin District Court that the court had arrested and charged Mr McClean. He was handed a true copy of each indictment, and after paying attention, did not reply.
Attorney Dara Robinson said there were no applications for legal aid at this stage.
Wearing a navy blazer and black trousers, McLean sat facing the judge with his hands by his face. He did not address the court during the brief hearing.
The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to defend the charges.
An English and drama teacher and rugby coach, Mr McLean spent decades working at prestigious schools in South Dublin before taking up a rugby coaching position at UCD in the 1990s.