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Convicted sex offender says he's innocent

AAP logoAAP 25/11/2016 By Margaret Scheikowski

A former Trinity Grammar School teacher convicted of sexually abusing boys decades ago still maintains his innocence, a judge has been told.

Neil Albert Futcher, 69, was found guilty in the District Court in September of 22 child abuse charges, including eight counts of buggery.

At his resumed sentence hearing on Friday, his lawyer John Galluzzo acknowledged that Futcher had shown no remorse and still maintained his innocence.

Futcher was found to have abused six boys, aged between 11 and 15, while he was a teacher and a coach at a Sydney swimming centre.

A psychologist had assessed the risk of Futcher re-offending as in the low to moderate range.

Mr Galluzzo said Futcher would be 70 in March, noting the risk would further decrease with age.

Giles Tabuteau, for the crown, referred to Futcher's abuse of his position of trust or authority and his use of psychological coercion.

Judge Jennie Girdham listed the case for sentencing on December 9.

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