A police sex crimes squad has been called in to investigate a flood of new abuse claims involving Australian boarding school St. Stanislaus College, as a former student subjected to horrific late-night prayer sessions told his story Wednesday.

Dallas McInerney, 35, condemned the Bathurst school — which only this week was allegedly encouraging its students to read Penthouse magazine — for retaining the Vincentian Fathers as governors while police investigated claims up to four staff were involved in abuse of students.

School principal John Edwards confirmed yesterday the school was served with two warrants on July 2, with the names of three former staff members listed under the title "accused" and that the police were seeking documents and material from the school which was referred to as a crime scene.

As sex-crime police began work on the case with Bathurst detectives, McInerney described the "unorthodox" prayer sessions as filled with "chanting, music, no electric lighting, the whole atmosphere was one of sedation."

McInerney fired off a letter to Mr Edwards this week after reading the school's newsletter in which a teacher was asked what he considered recommended reading for every teenage boy.

Part of the answer was reproduced as "PeCENSOREDse," but McInerney said he read it as a reference to the magazine Penthouse and he said he was shocked such a reference would be made in a newsletter, which also informed parents of sexual abuse claims.

A police spokesman said the response from former students had prompted police to call in the state crime command's sex crimes squad.

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