YMCA official promoted after hiring sex offender

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A YMCA official recruited a paedophile without doing proper background checks and was later 'elevated' to manager, the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse was told yesterday, reports news.com.au.

Ms Jacqui Barnat, who was also responsible for the supervision of Jonathan Lord, said she had never been called to account by her bosses at the YMCA despite not following a series of policies, including what should have been a minimum of three reference checks. One form in her handwriting recorded the name of one referee she'd contacted as Char Yankhurst. It was in fact Charlie Yankos, Lord's stepfather.

Ms Barnat agreed that she had not asked Mr Yankos the required question: 'Are you related to the applicant?'

Lord, 26, was earlier this year jailed for 10 years with a non-parole term of six years for sexually abusing 12 children as young as six during his two years at the YMCA.

Questioned by counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness SC, Ms Barnat agreed Lord would not have been employed if she had checked his claim that he had quit working at a US summer camp for personal reasons. The truth was that he was thrown out after he was seen coming out of a bathroom in a darkened cabin with an eight-year-old boy.

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YMCA official promoted after hiring sex offender (news.com.au)

YMCA went to Church for advice (The Daily Telegraph)

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