The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard that the largest provider of out-of-school care in NSW did not properly investigate the background of an employee who is now serving a jail term for abusing 12 young boys.
The commission's second public inquiry is examining the YMCA's recruitment, training and supervision policies. Twenty-six-year-old Jonathan Lord joined the YMCA in Sydney's south as a child care assistant in 2009, but has since been jailed for a minimum of six years.
The inquiry has heard that prior to his employment in Sydney, Jonathan Lord travelled to the United States of America to work as a camp counsellor at the YMCA Silver Beach Camp in Jamesville, Virginia.
A 'situation log' entry dated 8 July 2009 reveals that Lord was dismissed from the camp due to "questionable behaviour" with an eight-year-old male camp attendee. A staff member reported finding Lord in a cabin with the lights off, and emerging from the bathroom with the boy.
Jonathan Lord returned to Australia and applied for a casual job in Sydney about a month later. The inquiry heard that Lord's resume described his career ambitions: To work with kids and help them to experience life, love and friendships in an environment where there are no walls or boundaries.
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