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John McClean: Former rugby coach pleads guilty to indecent assault of 23 Dublin schoolboys

John McClean at an earlier court hearing. File picture from RTÉ

A former rugby coach and teacher has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting 23 schoolboys at a Dublin school in the 1970s and 1980s.

John McClean (75), of Casimir Avenue, Harold's Cross, Dublin, was an English and drama teacher at Terenure College.

He also coached rugby at the prestigious school.

He became director of rugby at University College Dublin in the 1990s.

He had been due to go on trial for some of the charges today.

However, due to Covid-19 restrictions his case was mentioned instead and the judge was told he could be arraigned on 27 counts.

McClean pleaded guilty to all 27 charges of indecently assaulting the schoolboys on various unknown dates between September 1973 and June 1990.

Judge Pauline Codd remanded McClean on continuing bail and set a sentence date of March 9 when all evidence will be heard over a two-day hearing.

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