The man, who is now aged in his 40s, says evil pervert teacher McClean (76) locked him in his office and sexually abused him when he was just 13 years old – in October 1990.
The man, who at this point wishes to remain anonymous, came forward to gardai after McClean pleaded guilty to abusing 23 boys at Terenure College over a 17 year period in November of last year.
He was a pupil of Terenure College when he says McClean attacked him as some sort of sick punishment for not doing his homework.
“Probably nearly two weeks after he first tried to punish me, I left class to go to the toilet. He called me back saying ‘where are you going’.
“I said I’m going to the toilet. He says we haven’t finished our conversation. He called me back into his office and looking back I couldn’t believe I put myself in that position, but he locked his door,” the alleged victim told The Star.
“He touched me then, which I was not expecting. Like a short of a jock thing, a pat on the backside.
“I then said I need to go toilet, but he said ‘I’ll dismiss you when I dismiss you.’
“That’s when he touched me and said ‘if you want me to hold it, I’ll hold it for you.”
The man, who says the sexual assault changed his life and led him to later try and commit suicide, says he then fought off McClean – who he believes was determined to rape him.
“I hit out. I elbowed him, in the chest. He banged the back of my head with his fist and then he grabbed me by the hair and smacked me against the desk.
“If I didn’t hit out, I am convinced he would rape me. He had bent me over the desk. If he had knocked me out, he would have raped me, I’m sure of it.
“Even the fight that he put up. He didn’t give a sh*t that I was screaming. He actually didn’t care.”
The alleged victim managed to fight off the monster, and broke out of the locked office door before screaming as loud as he could.
“I made sure I was in the corridor where I could be heard. I ran, went back to the class and I was crying but trying to hide it.”
The man carried the abuse he suffered for several years, before he says he ended up turning to alcohol to try and numb the pain.
“I’ve gone through years with psychiatrists on it. I was admitted into John of Gods over it. About seven or eight years ago I nearly had successfully taken my life.
“Luckily now I’ve been free of alcohol and everything else for the last seven or eight years. But the thing about it is, going to the garda station and building up the courage to do this was huge.
“Because every October since it happened, I would go on a bender. I was drunk, and hid it and pretended I was sick.
“I would just avoid October. I mean even into adulthood, from the age of 18. From crack of dawn to an early house, the whole month of October on an absolute bender.
“I was just trying to burn that image out of my mind,” he explained.
In the years that followed, the alleged victim says he turned to crime – and ended up serving time in prison himself for fraud.
“I was a decent person until I met John McClean.
“I’ve been through an awful lot since. I’ve myself been committed of crime, of tax fraud.
“I pleaded guilty immediately because I did wrong. It was in my probation report and GP report about these attacks and the fact that I was on anti-depressants.”
The man has now spoken to gardai about the alleged abuse, and is yet to make a written statement, which he hopes to be contacted about in the coming days.
He is one of at least five other people who have now come forward about McClean since the recent court case – which saw the beast jailed for eight years last week.
The man also says he cannot accept the apology from Trinity College and the Carmalite Order, which issued a statement following McClean’s conviction, admitting that it failed his victims.
“People knew about this and they should be held accountable.
“It’s just wrong. If they were dedicated to giving support to us, why isn’t there a helpline set up?
“I want to press, that Norma Foley should get involved here. It is not acceptable that in 1996 this person was moved on.
“That was not that long ago. Nothing was done about it. Yet this school still receives funding from taxpayers.
“This is child abuse. Are we saying that money is more important than the abuse of a child? It doesn’t wash with me.
“I want a full investigation by the Department of Education. People knew about this and chose to move him on,” he said.
McClean, who was once a trusted English teacher and rugby coach at Terenure College, systematically abused his young pupils there over a period of 17 years – between 1973 and 1990.
When asked by The Star before he was sentenced last week what he would like to say to his victims, a stunned McClean simply said: “I have already made my apology, and it was heartfelt.”
But the devastated victims of John McClean had to wait over 40 years for that apology – and for justice when the pervert was sentenced to 11 years in prison, with the final three years suspended last Thursday.
Following the sentencing Terenure College issued a statement in which it apologised and admitted that it and the Carmelite Order had “failed in their duty” to protect the victims.
McClean used his position also as a rugby coach to engage in acts of abuse – and would threaten to kick his victims off the rugby team as a means to manipulate them.
The court heard how at every turn McClean “utilised and preyed upon” the victims “vulnerabilities.”
He “cast his net wide,” inflicting sexual assaults on 23 people, when they were aged between just 11-18, leaving them forever damaged emotionally and physically, the court heard.
He was removed from his role with the school plays in 1979 after certain allegations of abuse were made against him – but he was then appointed first year “form master” in the early 1980’s and had his own office.
Many of the subsequent sexual assaults committed by McClean occurred in this office when he brought boys there after they had gotten into trouble in class.
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Inspector Miley said that in 1996 the father of one of the victims informed Father Robert Kelly, the then Provincial of the Carmelite Order in Ireland, about the allegation his son had made against McClean.
He said Fr Kelly had a number of meetings over the summer break with McClean during which it was made clear McClean would not be returning to Terenure College.
The paedophile coach was then granted a three-year career break and became a rugby coach at UCD.
Following the sentencing, Terenure College released a statement, in which it apologised to McClean’s victims and admitted that it and the Carmelite Order had failed in their duty to protect the pupils.
In their statement the school said: “Fr Éanna Ó hÓbáin, Principal of Terenure College, and Fr Michael Troy, Provincial of the Carmelite Order in Ireland, recognise the devastating and long-lasting impact this has had on the lives of the victims and survivors and the lives of their families and friends.
“Fr Ó hÓbáin and Fr Troy said that on behalf of Terenure College and the Carmelite Order they are deeply sorry and apologise unreservedly to the former pupils who were abused as young students.
“We understand that words of apology are never adequate when people have experienced so much pain and suffering over many years. These men were entrusted to our care when starting out in life – young boys full of hope, promise and joy.
“They had that hope and promise cruelly taken from them as a result of the sexual abuse perpetrated upon them by John McClean. Terenure College and the Carmelite Order failed in their duty to protect them and for this we are truly sorry.
“We wish to also acknowledge the suffering of the families of those who were abused as they learned of the gross violation of their son, brother, father, partner or husband while at our school.
“Terenure College and the Carmelite Order are wholly committed to providing effective and meaningful support to former pupils who are victims and survivors of abuse.
“We are available to anyone who wishes to contact us through the school or the Carmelite Safeguarding Office. They will have our full support.
“Terenure College and the Carmelite Order fully co-operate with the Gardai and all relevant authorities in Child Protection matters,” the statement said.