Ex-principal pleads not guilty to sex offences

Basketballers Sophie Doran and Sophie Vuleta will represent WA in the National Basketball Championships. Picture: Matthew Poon d402137
Basketballers Sophie Doran and Sophie Vuleta will represent WA in the National Basketball Championships. Picture: Matthew Poon d402137

Child Abuse Squad investigators charged the 53-year-old with nine counts of sexually penetrating a child over 13 and under 16 years and nine counts of sexually penetrating a child over 13 years and under 16 years.

Lawyer Terry Dobson applied for a suppression order. He argued if the media named his client and the school where the offences took place, it might lead to speculation on social media about who the alleged victim might be.

Lawyer Vivian Edwards said while there were many students at the school, naming the accused might lead to speculation about potential victims and may draw other people not involved into the speculation.

The accused was granted bail and is due in Perth Magistrates Court on August 2. After the hearing, the man and supporters tried to avoid a media scrum by leaving court through a side door. A scuffle ensued as a cameraman got caught up between the man and his supporters.

Police say the accused sexually assaulted a male youth over several months in 1997. The first offence is said to have occurred when the youth was 15 and the man was 37.

Police said the Department of Education Services and the Catholic Education Department were advised of an alleged offence in November 2012.

‘Investigations by police continued and in January 2013, police advised the Department of Education Services the status of the inquiry,’ a police spokesman said. ‘The man was subsequently stood down and he resigned in February 2013.’