convicted paedophile teacher has accused students of making up stories about him after he was convicted of a child sex offence.
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.
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.
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.
The first Catholic institutions, represented by Australian Catholic Redress Limited, have joined the National Redress Scheme. This first group representing 27 out of 35 Catholic Dioceses and Archdioceses within Australia are listed below. In addition the first Catholic Religious Order has also joined the Scheme. We expect more Catholic institutions to join in the coming months. The institutions now participating in the Scheme are:
Archdioceses and Dioceses
- Archdiocese of Adelaide
- Archdiocese of Brisbane
- Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
- Archdiocese of Hobart
- Archdiocese of Melbourne
- Archdiocese of Sydney
- Diocese of Armidale
- Diocese of Ballarat
- Diocese of Bathurst
- Diocese of Broken Bay
- Diocese of Cairns
- Diocese of Darwin
- Diocese of Lismore
- Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
- Diocese of Parramatta
- Diocese of Port Pirie
- Diocese of Rockhampton
- Diocese of Sale
- Diocese of Sandhurst
- Diocese of Toowoomba
- Diocese of Townsville
- Diocese of Wagga Wagga
- Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes
- Diocese of Wollongong
- Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Saint Maron of Sydney (Maronites)
- Military Ordinarite of Australia
- Syro Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas
- The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)
It’s of great interest that BBC continues to have such a wide Global audience: potential families, current and future enrolments. Having these types of public info helps realise more of what the ‘Royal Commission for Institutional Responses of Child Sexual Abuse‘ aimed to achieve. Together, we’re striving to achieve Transparency and Openness.
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.
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The National Redress Scheme welcomes the formal announcement that the Western Australian Government will participate in the Scheme.
This significant announcement means that the Scheme will be truly national, now that every state and territory government has agreed to participate. This achieves one of the Royal Commission’s central recommendations to establish a single national redress scheme to deliver justice for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
This commitment means people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Western Australian Government institutions will also be able to access redress. It will also allow non-government organisations to provide redress for abuse which occurred in Western Australia.
Six major churches and charities have also agreed to join the Scheme– the Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Uniting Church, The Salvation Army, YMCA and Scouts Australia.
Western Australia will need to pass legislation in order to participate, which may happen early next year, but people can still apply from 1 July 2018.
The National Redress Scheme will commence on 1 July 2018. Applications can be submitted online, or in paper form.
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Victim told not to report abuse claims
‘Don’t talk to the police, we’ll deal with it. He won’t take the tour again.’
(Commissioner) McClellan he let me know that ‘the teacher you’re here about has been made known to us on a number of occasions before’.”
… alleges the school failed to ensure his safety, failed to maintain procedures for the imposition of discipline and proper protocols for student-staff interactions.
He said he reported the abuse to the school but his account was rejected as “false and dishonest”. Soon afterwards, the officer was dismissed.
The royal commission heard a group of paedophile teachers were abusing children at the school, many of whom have been charged and convicted of child sex offences.
Imagine the floodgates that will open, upon the activation of updated Commonwealth & state laws, along with public access to Private Schools (hidden) data around Australia!
RoyalCommBBC.blog is joining the dots of the moments dealt with by the Institutions Responses into Child Sexual Abuse to Royal Commission.
As discussed today with knowmore staff all Survivors, Family-Friends and Caregivers are reminded that 1st July 2018 should be the date we contact knowmore about the National Redress Scheme. Calling 1800 605 762 is the Free Advice line.