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Old 02-01-2014, 08:13 AM   #16
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Queensland Times - 2nd Jan 2014
Principal retains teaching job after pedophile inaction

TOOWOOMBA Catholic primary school principal who rehired a pedophile teacher in 2008 will be allowed to continue teaching unless further evidence arises of misconduct.

Former teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes pleaded guilty in 2010 to committing 44 sexual offences against 13 girls while teaching Year 4 students at a Toowoomba school in 2007 and 2008.

The charges included 33 counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 and 10 counts of rape.

Byrnes was sentenced to 10 years' prison.

The Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal case against his principal at the time, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, has found he failed to take appropriate steps to protect children after allegations of abuse were made.

Fourteen of the 44 sexual offences committed by Byrnes took place after the principal was notified by a parent of his conduct.

The Tribunal also found the principal had rehired the pedophile, then 58, in a casual teaching role after Byrnes retired in July 2008.

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