Abuse by Queensland school teacher exposed by Hinch

Senator Derryn Hinch
Senator Derryn Hinch

A TEACHER at a prestigious private school in Brisbane has been exposed by Senator Derryn Hinch, who used a speech in the Senate to attack the college for not telling parents.

Senator Hinch told the Senate the school in question did not tell parents that year 2 teacher Jonathan Sims had been found guilty of indecent treatment of a child.

Mr Sims is understood to have resigned from the school at the end of the term 3 in 2015.

Senator Hinch said those involved with the school had no idea why Mr Sims resigned, and many remained fond of him.

He said the concerns were raised by a parent, after they learned that Mr Sims will be free from prison next year and intends to return to Moreton Bay where the school is located. 

"The parent was worried that Sims, who will be released from prison early next year -- and I'm told plans to return to the Moreton Bay to live -- is still regarded fondly by lots of students," he said.

"Surely if a teacher is charged and convicted and jailed for the prolonged sexual abuse of a student, the school has a dudty to inform parents who that teacher is."

The Courier-Mail reports the charges relate to a teenage student who had been groomed at a Sunday school, and that the abuse did not occur on college grounds.

The school's principal told the Courier-Mail the school had been told by police "not to make any public statements or to notify the college community in order to protect the victim".

He said the school's thoughts and prayers were with the victim.

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