Child safety director allegedly had sex with child six times

EDUCATION Queensland's director of child safety Brett Anthony O'Connor appeared at Tweed Local Court today, faced with ten child sex charges dating to 1987 and 1989, when he was a dorm master at two elite all-boys boarding schools.

The court heard allegations that in 1987 when Mr O'Connor was a dorm master at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, he had sexual intercourse six times with a 12-year-old boy.

It is claimed the 52-year-old also stroked the victim's genitals on three occasions.

Police also alleged in 1989 when Mr O'Connor was a dorm master at St Gregory's College, Campbelltown, he committed sexual assault against another 12-year-old, stroking his genitals.  

According to court documents the strength of the prosecution's case will rest on witness and victim statements.

The case has been adjourned to June 10 at Campbelltown court. Until then Mr O'Connor will remain on bail to reside with his wife of four years in Mount Gravatt.

The former Marist Brother turned psychologist was represented by Crystal Creek defence lawyer Phillip Mulherin, who said he could not comment for this story.

In court, Mr Mulherin said media coverage would cause Mr O'Connor undue stress and embarrassment, but Magistrate Michael Dakin refused this argument as sufficient for a suppression order. 

Mr O'Connor did not comment to the media. 

INITIAL REPORT 9.03am:

EDUCATION Queensland's director of child safety Brett Anthony O'Connor is due to face Tweed Heads Magistrates Court today on child sex charges.

Police allege O'Connor sexually and indecently assaulted two boys when he was a Marist Brother at two Catholic boarding schools at Hunters Hill and Campbelltown, between 1987 and 1989, respectively.

Police will allege he committed indecent sexual assault against a 12-year-old boy at St Joseph's College in 1987 and indecent sexual assault against a 12-year-old-boy at St Gregory's College in 1989.

Mr O'Connor is charged with four counts of indecent assault of a child aged 16 and under authority, and six counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 16 and under authority.

Both matters were reported to police in late 2014 and Mr O'Connor, 52, was charged by police at Tweed Heads Local Court on March 20.

He was suspended from his role as the director of child safety at Queensland's Department of Education and Training March 23 and was given a $5000 surety to re-appear today.

According to the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency, Mr O'Connor holds a graduate diploma in psychology and has no conditions on his registration to practice as a psychologist.



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