Former elite school staffer on historical sex charge
A FORMER colleague of one of Brisbane's most notorious paedophiles at a prestigious all-boys school has been charged with a child sex offence.
The now-elderly man faced Brisbane Magistrates Court today charged with the indecent assault of a male.
He is accused of assaulting a Year 8 student at Brisbane Grammar School in 1979.
The charge comes over 20 years after notorious paedophile Kevin "Skippy" Lynch was charged with molesting boys at the school between 1973 and 1988.
Lynch was the counsellor at the school during the same time as the latest alleged offences.
Lynch took his own life in 1997 after being charged. The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in 2016 was told he sadistically and manipulatively abused more than 70 children.
The allegations against Lynch included encouraging boys to have "relaxation" sessions with him, where he would either touch them or coerce them into touching themselves.
Other more depraved acts involving the use of acupuncture pins on boys' genitalia were also aired at the royal commission.
Brisbane Grammar School headmaster Anthony Micallef today declined to comment, other than to say the school would co-operate with police.
"The school is unable to comment publicly on matters that are subject to ongoing judicial proceedings," he said in a statement.
"We will continue to co-operate fully with Queensland police.
"We have openly acknowledged that abuse occurred at the school in the past.
"Since 2000 we have had in place a process for supporting survivors with compensation, counselling and an apology."
The accused will next appear in court on March 23.
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