A child protection supervisor is on full pay while suspended as he is investigated.
A child protection supervisor is on full pay while suspended as he is investigated.

Official suspended after alleged drugs for secrets

A CHILD protection supervisor has sensationally been suspended after allegedly handing a parent top-secret details of an impending investigation into them in exchange for drugs.

In an appalling corruption scandal for the troubled Child Safety Department, the official is accused of obtaining drugs from both the parent and their teenage son in return for the highly sensitive information.

The official has been stood down but, six months into the inquiry, which involves Crime and Corruption Commission investigators, he remains on full pay and living in a taxpayer-funded house in the state's far north.

The man has since been charged with choking, suffocation and strangulation over an unrelated domestic violence incident and is due to appear in court this month.

The claims follow a tumultuous time for the department, which has faced overhauls stemming from tragic child death cases involving Tiahleigh Palmer and Mason Lee.

The department faced overhauls after the death of Tiahleigh Palmer.
The department faced overhauls after the death of Tiahleigh Palmer.

The Courier-Mail can reveal the man was suspended from his job in July when the criminal claims were first levelled against him, sparking police and internal investigations.

A Department of Communities spokeswoman confirmed the staff member was suspended on full pay and was living in subsidised government housing.

"When staff members are suspended on full pay, their situation is reviewed regularly in light of changing circumstances and the progress of investigations, including any criminal charges," she said.

The spokeswoman declined to comment on the criminal charge that had been laid.

She did confirm the department's ethical standards unit and police were probing serious allegations.

"The department expects the highest standards from its staff and we have robust procedures in place to manage serious matters involving ­alleged employee misconduct," she said.

"We will continue to work closely with Queensland Police.

"While we cannot comment on individual cases, the department's ethical standards unit refers cases to the CCC when there is a reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct by an employee."

Child Safety Minister Di Farmer refused to comment.
Child Safety Minister Di Farmer refused to comment.

It is understood that police on the ground did not know about the man's suspension and consequent CCC involvement until he was charged with the DV offence, and Child Safety has not revealed to them what led to the ­investigation.

Despite the case being the latest in a string of troubling incidents for the embattled department - including accidentally revealing the location of a domestic violence victim last year - new Child Safety Minister Di Farmer ­declined to comment.

A CCC spokesman also ­declined to comment on the latest scandal.

The Courier-Mail also attempted to contact the man involved, but he was not able to be reached last night.



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