The incidents occurred at Oodnadatta and Marree in the South Australian outback while the students were taking part in a three-week excursion to the Red Centre led by Beckett. Beckett continued to work at the school for nearly 10 years after the assaults, taking a number of other groups of students on the same excursion before resigning in 1998. Beckett was first interviewed by police in 2010 and charged in 2012, but steadfastly denied all of the allegations against him until this week when he was due to stand trial.
Years after the assault, the victim complained to the school's principal but that nothing was done. "The first authority figure I told [about the abuse] was the school principal; subsequently he denied I had reported the matter," the victim told the South Australian District Court. "That caused me further distress." Beckett is due to be sentenced today.