A 57-year-old policeman has gone on trial over allegations he indecently dealt with four of his students at a Christian Brothers primary school in Perth in the mid-1980s.
Eamon Dominic Heary is accused of indecently touching the boys when he made them sit on his knee at Trinity College between 1984 and 1986.
One of the complainants also claims Heary took his hand and placed it on his genitals, grabbing it back when the boy tried to pull away.
Defence counsel Philip Urquhart urged the District Court jury to give his client a fair hearing and set aside strong emotions stirred up by the subject of child sexual abuse, noting they would have seen reports from the recent royal commission.
“Emotions have to be set aside. They have to be pigeon-holed,” Mr Urquhart said.
The lawyer said Heary vehemently denied the allegations.
“He did not commit any of the acts that have been alleged against him by these four men … way back in the 1980s … when there were 30 other children in the classroom,” Mr Urquhart said.
The court heard Heary was a teacher for seven years and Trinity was one of his first positions, when he was aged in his early 20s.
He was a policeman for 25 years and most recently a sergeant but has been stood down from operational duties.
The trial is set down for seven days.