WA private school teacher to plead guilty to failing to report child sexual abuse charges

Tim Clarke The West Australian
Thursday, 9th May 2019 4:00 AM

Two former teachers have been charged with failing to report child sex abuse.


One of the private school teachers who became the first in WA to be charged with failing to report sexual abuse has revealed he will plead guilty to the charge, but he will not learn his punishment until the victim has had a chance to describe his pain. 

As revealed by The West Australian this week, two former teachers at a private boys’ schools were criminally charged with failing to report child sex abuse, following allegations a student was sexually assaulted by teammates during an overseas sports trip. 

The incident, in 2017, led to both teachers leaving the school and disciplinary measures against the students involved. 

But the school has never revealed exactly what the punishments were and no criminal charges were laid against the perpetrators. Instead, it was two of the teachers on the trip who were yesterday in court, charged under the WA laws that make it mandatory for them to report sexual abuse. 

Neither appeared in Perth Magistrate’s Court, but the lawyer for one of them, Michael Tudori, said his client wanted to plead guilty and get the matter dealt with.

But prosecutors stepped in and applied to have a victim impact statement from the boy who was bullied and sexually assaulted on the trip considered by the court. 

Magistrate Mark Millington, who told the court he was an old boy of the school involved, agreed. Mr Tudori said his client accepted that the non-reporting of the incident had caused the pupil “great distress”. 

“But it has also caused all sorts of distress to my client,” Mr Tudori said, including not being able to work as a teacher. 

One teacher will return to court later this month. 

The other, who is currently in the US, was ordered to return to court next month.


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