YA former principal of a Brisbane school has told a royal commission that he did not consider sexual abuse of pupils by teachers to be a criminal matter.
The inquiry is examining the conduct of two men, former music teacher and convicted paedophile Gregory Robert Knight and former school counsellor Kevin John Lynch, who both worked at St Paul's School at Bald Hills during the 1980s and 1990s.
Gilbert Case was the headmaster at St Paul's School for 20 years, during which time staff members, Knight and Lynch, sexually abused students during the 1990s.
It has been alleged Case knew about Knight's abuse of students and took no action.
Under questioning at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Case said he had not thought sexual assault was a criminal matter.
"If the behaviour of the adult teacher extended to the adult teacher touching or fondling the genitals of students in their care, that would plainly be a criminal act?" counsel assisting David Lloyd asked.
Mr Case replied: "I probably did not think of that in terms of criminal acts".
These schools, and the people running them NOW and sadly in the not so distant past are beyond belief!
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