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Headmaster didn't think fondling was criminal act

Foremr St Paul's headmaster Gilbert Case speaks to the Royal Commission. Gregory robert Knight Photo: Child Abuse Royal Commission
Foremr St Paul's headmaster Gilbert Case speaks to the Royal Commission. Gregory robert Knight Photo: Child Abuse Royal Commission

A FORMER  headmaster who employed two paedophiles at a Brisbane school says he didn't believe a teacher touching or fondling students' genitals would be a criminal act.

Ex-St Paul's School headmaster Gilbert Case made the admission in 10 minutes of questioning by counsel assisting David Lloyd before the child abuse royal commission adjourned for lunch on Thursday.

Mr Lloyd asked the former teacher a series of questions broadly relating to alleged complaints from a student that paedophile music teacher Gregory Robert Knight had exposed himself to boys during a game of "truth or dare" at a school camp in Caloundra in 1983.

He asked whether Mr Case would have considered actions like these inappropriate.

"My view was and I presume you know this, that that was a factor in that teacher leaving the school," Mr Case said.

The University of Sydney graduate said it didn't cross his mind until a conversation with a police office in 2002 the actions could have been considered criminal.

Mr Lloyd then asked the former headmaster if the adult teacher's actions had extended to "touching or fondling" a boy's genitals, whether he would have considered that to be a criminal act. "I probably did not think of that in terms of criminal acts," Mr Case replied.

More on this at Brisbanetimes.com.au

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