Salvation Army officer Russell Walker to stand trial

The former Gill Memorial Boys Home in Auburn Street.
The former Gill Memorial Boys Home in Auburn Street.

A former head of the Gill Memorial Boys Home has been committed to stand trial on historical sex charges.

Russell Robert Walker appeared in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday. The 77-year-old has pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of indecent assault on a male, two buggery offences, two counts of procuring an indecent act with a male and one of aiding/abetting or procuring indecent assault on a male. 

In a brief appearance before Magistrate Phillip Stewart, Walker’s case was listed for arraignment at Sydney District Court on Friday, July 21. A trial date will then be set.

Walker was charged in November, 2016 by detectives from Strikeforce Lehman, formed to investigate allegations of historical sexual abuse at the Salvation Army’s Goulburn and Bexley Boys’ Homes.

Police allege he committed the offences at both homes between 1971 and 1974. 

On Tuesday, Walker’s bail was continued without variation.