SA parents not told their kids might have been victims

Special needs students

Parents in South Australia were not told their children might have been victims of sexual abuse after two inquiries into a school bus driver were shelved, a Royal Commission has heard, reports SkyNews.

But Det. Sgt Leonid Mosheev said he would not have instructed the limited number of parents who knew of the possible abuse to keep it secret, saying it would have been illogical. He was continuing his evidence in Adelaide yesterday at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The hearing is focused on St Ann's Special School and its bus driver and volunteer, Brian Perkins, who sexually abused intellectually disabled boys between 1986 and 1991.

The Commission has heard claims that a small number of parents were told in 1991 not to disclose to others that Perkins was suspected of abusing students as it could hamper investigations. Parents of other victims were not told of allegations until about a decade later.

Det. Sgt Mosheev said he went to Perkins' home on August 21, 1991, and seized two canisters of film later found to contain photos of naked students.

The detective went on sick leave soon afterwards and, on his return in December, was told the investigation had ceased as Perkins could not be located.

FULL COVERAGE

Abuse allegations 'not kept secret' (SkyNews)

Police pressured by archbishop to extradite pedophile bus driver (The Australian)

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