A High Court trial date has been set for four men after a police investigation into alleged historical sexual offending at Dilworth School.
Ross Douglas Browne, Rex Clarence McIntosh and two others with name suppression appeared for the first time in the High Court at Auckland today.
Not guilty pleas had already been entered to all charges while in the district court.
Browne denies 15 charges, most of which are allegations of indecent assault on a boy.
The 72-year-old was a chaplain at the private boarding school from roughly 1979 until 2006.
McIntosh denies seven charges of indecent assault on a boy.
Today, Justice Sally Fitzgerald set a trial date for April 26, 2022 for 12 weeks.
Crown prosecutor Jacob Barry had indicated the Crown expected the case to last for 10 to 12 weeks at trial.
In mid-September, Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber announced seven men had been charged after an investigation dubbed Operation Beverly that focused on allegations of historical abuse at the school.
Dilworth School was opened in 1906 with the aim of helping boys from disadvantaged families.
Police alleged a number of serious offences occurred in four different decades, spanning from the 1970s to the 2000s.
It has been a shock for New Zealanders to learn that several former staff at Auckland's Dilworth School have been charged with sex and drug offences against boys over more than three decades. We want you, our readers, to know that the Herald will follow this story wherever it leads. We have a team of journalists prepared to investigate and we want to hear from you. If you have any information please contact us at email@example.com
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