Child abuse royal commission: Convicted paedophile who denied allegations labelled ‘a disgrace’

convicted paedophile teacher has accused students of making up stories about him after he was convicted of a child sex offence.

Key points:

  • Convicted paedophile teacher Gregory Knight claims students made up stories
  • In 1994, Knight was convicted of child sex offences in NT
  • He taught music at Brisbane’s St Paul’s in the 1980s, 1990s
  • He was convicted of sexually abusing a St Paul’s student

The conduct of former music teacher Gregory Robert Knight, as well as that of former counsellor Kevin John Lynch, is under scrutiny at the child sexual abuse royal commission underway at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Both men worked at Brisbane’s St Paul’s School during the 1980s and 1990s.

Knight later resigned from St Paul’s and moved to the Northern Territory to work at Darwin’s Dripstone High School, where serious allegations of child abuse were made against him in 1993.

The school and the NT Department of Education refused Knight’s offer to resign, with the school sacking him on the spot.

In 1994, Knight was convicted and sentenced to eight years in jail with a three-year non-parole period for child sex offences in the Northern Territory.

In 2005, he was subsequently convicted of sexually abusing a former St Paul’s student, identified at the inquiry as BSG.

He appeared this afternoon at the commission via video link.

“Now in Darwin as I have stated I went off the rails, I behaved badly and I’m not dodging around that one bit,” Knight said.

“It was after that and at the time when compensation was being handed out to students who had been at St Paul’s well after I’d left there that we had BSG come along and start asking ‘Oh, can I put in a bit of a story’ and away it went.”

BSG’s lawyer, Roger Singh, challenged Knight’s statement.

You are a disgrace. It cannot be denied that you are a paedophile.

Roger Singh, lawyer for former St Paul’s School student BSG

“You were charged, convicted and sentenced for horrific sexual violation against BSG,” he said.

“There was no successful appeal, and for you to proclaim your innocence is absurd and delusional.

“You are a disgrace. It cannot be denied that you are a paedophile.”

Counsel assisting the inquiry David Lloyd also reminded Knight of his paedophile conviction and suggested: “It’s just delusional isn’t it, your position?”

Knight replied: “No, it isn’t.”

Knight sacked by BBC before being being employed by St Paul’s

Former Brisbane Boys College (BBC) principal Graeme Thomson told the inquiry he sacked Knight after hearing reports of questionable conduct from students in 1980. 

Mr Thomson employed Knight unaware of crimes he had committed in South Australia, but said when boys from BBC came to him about strange behaviour around boarders in the showers, he took action.

I took cognisance and gave pre-eminence to two well-known truths, where’s there’s smoke there’s fire and prevention is better than cure.

Graeme Thomson, former BBC principal

He said he subsequently told St Paul’s principal Gilbert Case about the behaviour, yet Knight was still employed by the school.

“He [Knight] made no effort to offer an explanation and did not refute the details,” Mr Thomson said.

“I was confounded by his inability or his unwillingness to make a comment [about the allegations].

“When Knight did not respond with any denial, I took cognisance and gave pre-eminence to two well-known truths, where there’s smoke there’s fire and prevention is better than cure.”

Mr Thomson said he then registered his concern with BBC’s governing body and they agreed Knight had to go.

“I told Knight that his position was summarily terminated and I instructed him to make sure he left the school in the next 24 hours,” Mr Thomson said.

Former SA education minister ‘could have done more’

Earlier today, former South Australia education minister Dr Donald Hopgood said he could have done more to prevent Knight from ever teaching children again.

Knight had worked as a teacher in South Australia, where a 1978 inquiry held by the Education Department found he had engaged in disgraceful conduct towards students.

Dr Hopgood and Knight were in a band together at the time of the abuse.

That inquiry recommended Knight be dismissed from teaching, but Dr Hopgood instead accepted Knight’s resignation and gave him a positive reference “in the way in which he was able to lead a band”.

Knight admitted he had likely used the reference to gain a teaching job in Brisbane.

“It was a nice reference and it wasn’t drawing him into any conflict,” he said.

Yesterday, the commission heard from BSG, who said he was threatened with the loss of his scholarship at St Paul’s after he raised allegations about Knight in the 1980s.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-10/child-abuse-royal-commission-convicted-paedophile-denies-stories/6927784

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Impressions left …

Of high importance to any School Institution is the memories & impressions left with their learners.  Imagine what damage has been done to leave comments such as:

“protruding erections) during these (repeated) canings.”

“It seems that there was a hidden level of BDSM amongst various levels of 🏫  perpetrators”

“used the strap and cane in me twice in the late 🔥💥 and he loved it! ”

“What a joke a fucking pedo breading ground.”

“I went to 🏫 in the mid 😳’s and have had serious mental health issues after leaving”

“This school ruined my family”

These Statements of Impact have not been Shared to dismiss the value of these Educators. Only to address the tragic outcomes that existed between ‘Elite’ Students & some of those from other backgrounds. In this age of transparency & openness, it is hoped that greater learning & fairness may be achieved.

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Puzzle pieces are starting to join together

After a series of passionate Phone calls, had over recent weeks, today marked the initial meeting of 3 of the Brisbane Admin of this RCbbc Blog! One of these Old Students has reached a Settlement, allowing enthusiasm to be shared with a more recent Damages Applicant. As current Qld Laws restrict the 3rd from Claiming additional Damages, a rewarding time was had by all. With the saying: “from little things, big things grow”, our next exchange’s will be more boosted.

Fiddler update?

Of interesting note, that after the passing of (Anthony) Kim Buchanan has been confirmed, Michael Golding (music) has started to appear in Searches on this CSA-BBC site & Allan Bradley has (surprise surprise) been elevated in the Catholic Church Hierarchy.

Again, I am willing to travel to far distances to meet with any Old Collegian, for a simple exchange of ‘I know, I was there too’ & give anyone a special LivingWell Booklet. These are kept on many CSA Survivours’ bedsides, as they are particularly written for male Survival.

knowmore & CARC websites have great lists of Counsellors & Supports, throughout Australia. There’s also advice about many questions you have for the National Redress Scheme!

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Hush Money, NDAs & Deed-of-releases

From what’s becoming known, Salvation Army is by far the last of Institutions having been caught out for fixing of “Hush Money, NDAs & Deed-of-releases” forced agreements, with unrepresented Minors-Students-Victims. Whilst these matters are now viewed as appealing, they were an expected action within various Institutions.

ABC Radio Recorded the following

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/royal-commission-hears-claims-hush-money-offered/5360380

Unravelling similarities

From both my personal NRS, who I have met with & the increasing amounts of research (Survivor, Counselling & Medical) it is becoming obvious that these Sexual Abuses on Children should never have happened. Institutions payment of any amount of Damages-Insurance-Redress is simply a financial figure. At the core of Christian Religions is the human part of the Trinity, Jesus. Similar to Osiris, Dionysus, Attis, and Mithras each concept (may have) borrowed from others. Just as the ‘stories’ of BBC’s Buchanan (‘Butch‘) seem to have begun from a CSA Perpetrator’s (hidden) secrets, repeated in following years to Students, turning into a ‘Myth‘. It is now commonly viewed, that parts of human history has been recorded by the stronger power, often destroying all proof of opposition. Just as a dominant Teacher has destroyed (most) proof of their earlier CSA Perpetration. Thankfully, our Justice has adapted to be able to allow for Surviving CSA Victims & their Families to voice the impacts.

Although Convictions of following Schools after BBC have made Public News, through indiscriminate Meetings much more of the actual Truth is becoming known. While there may be Legal channels, it has been via SM where Sharing has been possible. By simply ‘joining-the-dots’, the similarities of CSA are unraveling themselves. In SEQ, Brisbane Grammar has already released News, with GM Cujes & G Thomson BBC appearing before the RC. Cujes re: Trinity (following BBC) & Thomson re: Gregory Robert Knight (non-BBC). Obviously, it appears that the PMSA empowered “reputation” of BBC is held with greater worth than the Truth. Previous, current & Future BBC Students/Families will remain concerned for the well-being of their Children at BBC.

Growing locations

Following the trails (before & after) some of BBC’s Perpetrators is now listed as the following: (News)

Scots College, Bathurst 

Knox Grammar, Sydney

King’s School, Sydney

Brisbane Boys’ College, Brisbane

Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane 

St. Paul’s School, Brisbane

Alleged Perpetrators learn, practice & pass on their harmful, illegal & immoral actions among environments in each of these Institutions. Related Info will be collected, for each of these & additional Institutions. Churches bring with them their form of ingrained behaviours.

 

 

Comparison: Cannes and BBC

The powerful speech @AsiaArgento during the closing ceremony of Cannes. “I was raped here in 1997 by Harvey Weinstein.” Going on to describe Cannes as HW’s hunting ground; many BBC past Students & their Families will remember how BBC was remembered as a ‘hunting ground’. Even the term “hunting ground” can be remembered in some of BBC’s (un-admitted) Offenders of the 1990’s. Perhaps this why any public announcements correlate with a psychological effect, that’s been hidden to some level. Even decades and decades after the events happened, any reminders of them may trigger some reaction(s).

This is where LivingWell have provided their resources, suitable to these male Survivours and their Families. “We all benefit from maps of life’s territories. We do not live our lives in straight lines” is from the Indigenous themed clip ‘No Straight Lines’.

Fairview & BBC

Following my discussions with related Commissioners, Staff & Counsellors, I’ve realised that many of these Perpetrators had been networking at both a Deceptive, Illegal & Perpeated level. Through these moments, they’ve been able to manipulate, coerce, psychologically abuse & so on with their targets and related community. Disappointed Victims feel robbed, when their own family hide behind a ‘nothing wrong has happened’ veil.

Following recent doco on Fairview (WA) by British Child Abuse Investigators & ABC 730 Report pieces, the targeting of vulnerable & low-SES people has been confirmed (BBC Old Boys’ Busaries are immediately brought into question). A deeper Legal concern, may also be mounting: were these ‘academic awards’ granted, as an automated deception of regular, pre-planned CSA Abuse?