The photograph above was taken in November 2016, approximately 10 weeks prior to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse releasing its findings in relation to Case Studies 34 and 36 conducted by the Commission.
Case Study 34 was an inquiry into the shocking sexual abuse of hundreds of children by serial pedophile Kevin Lynch at both the Brisbane Grammar School – a non-denominational institution operated by a board of trustees to which the majority of members were appointed by the State Government – and at the Anglican Church owned and operated St Paul’s School.
In this case study the Royal Commission examined the responses of the schools and that of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane to disclosures about Lynch’s crimes prior to and after his arrest on an array of child sex abuse charges, and his suicide the same day.
Case Study 36 was an investigation into the response of the Church of England Boys’ Society and the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane (among others) to allegations of child sexual abuse and the consequent admissions of guilt made by the church officials subject to the complaints.
Public hearings held in both case studies during the preceding 12 months had heard harrowing evidence of wholesale sexual abuses of children within the schools and the Anglican Church; the deliberate actions of the schools and church amounting to a conspiracy to conceal the abuses and protect – or extraordinarily in some cases reward – the perpetrators of the abuses and their accomplices; and the concerted steps taken by the institutions to deny that the abuses occurred, with the intent and effect of preventing victims from accessing compensation for the crimes committed against them.
Remarkably not a single case among the myriad of institutional sexual abuses about which damning evidence was heard during Case Studies 34 and 36 was ever notified to police or government authorities by the schools or the Anglican Church.
The man third from right in the picture, with his hands clasped, is Robert (Bob) Atkinson, a former Commissioner of Queensland Police. Atkinson is one the six Royal Commissioners presiding over the Child Abuse Royal Commission, and the sole Commissioner based in Queensland.
The man to the left of Atkinson, with his right finger pointing downward, is Paul De Jersey, a former Chief Justice of Queensland and the current Governor of the State.
From 1991-2014 Paul de Jersey, by virtue of his role as Chancellor of the Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane, acted as the personal legal adviser to the Anglican Archbishops of Brisbane. The Archbishops to whom de Jersey provided advice during this period were Peter Hollingworth and Philip Aspinall, each of whom were the subjects of adverse evidence provided by witnesses in the Case Studies.
Paul de Jersey was also a member of the governing Council of the Brisbane Diocese during his 23 year tenure as Chancellor. He was the incumbent in both roles at all relevant times of the responses of the Anglican Church examined by the Royal Commission, yet for reasons unknown and unexplained was not called to provide evidence of his knowledge about either the abuses or the church’s response to them.
During the public hearings damning testimony was heard that during his time as Archbishop Peter Hollingworth knowingly and repeatedly lied about his knowledge child sexual abuses in the church; deliberately took steps to cover up each of the multitude of instances of pedophile attacks on children; allowed the perpetrators of the sexual assaults to continue in church roles that provided them access to children, promoted a man named Gilbert Case – a close friend and employer of Kevin Lynch, who Hollingworth knew had covered up the pedophile’s wholesale crimes – to a position in which he became responsible for child protection across all Anglican schools operated by the Diocese; and refused to pay compensation to the victims whose lives had been ruined.
Unchallenged evidence was given that Philip Aspinall had invited a close friend and convicted pedophile named Louis Daniels, who had recently been released from prison after serving a sentence for sexually assaulting children in the church’s care, to his inauguration ceremony as Anglican Archbishop. and that at Aspinall’s direction the church had paid for Daniel’s travel and accommodation expenses to attend the event.
Our research has revealed that Paul de Jersey was also present at Aspinall’s inauguration ceremony and was a guest at the celebratory function held after the event. It is not known whether he met or interacted with the pedophile Louis Daniels who also attended the social function at his long-time friend Aspinall’s invitation. It is known however that Daniels went back to jail in 2005 after being found guilty of raping another bunch of children.
Bob Atkinson was one of the two Commissioners who presided over the public hearings of Case Study 36, was responsible for making the findings, and was the joint author of the study’s final report. It is highly likely that he was assessing the evidence and determining his findings at the time that he was photographed alongside Paul de Jersey.
If a judge or jury member in a murder trial were pictured holding discussions with a member of the accused killer’s legal team while the jury was conducting its deliberations it would create a furore, and there are a number of precedent cases that unequivocally demonstrate that the trial would be aborted immediately.
We can reveal that extensive research conducted by the authors of this site has uncovered shocking evidence that at least 20 victims of child sexual abuse at the hand of the pedophile Kevin Lynch have died within a decade of being abused, and that the vast majority of these young men have taken their own lives.
The names of 12 of the known victims of Lynch who have been lost to their families and to the world are inscribed on the walls of a memorial garden recently unveiled at St Paul’s School. There are at least 8 child victims who were sexually abused by Lynch during his tenure at Brisbane Boys Grammar School who are known to have died. It is believed, although yet to be confirmed, that a number of other students who attended the two schools are now deceased.
The death rate of boys who were victims of Kevin Lynch’s sexual crimes is equal to that of the young men who died fighting for Australia in World War One. It is a tragedy of epic proportions, our great unspoken national secret shame. These were wholly preventable deaths, yet not one person who was an accessory to Lynch’s crimes, either before or after the fact, has ever been prosecuted and not a single second of prison time has ever been served. It is an outrage, a scandal of epic proportion, a blood red stain upon the fabric of our nation.
Paul de Jersey and Bob Atkinson stand side by side and pose for the camera. The legal adviser to the man who covered up Kevin Lynch’s crimes and the Royal Commissioner deciding his clients fate smile at the shutter clicks.
In a house in a nearby suburb an aging woman slumps to her knees and weeps. It is nearing Christmas, and she mourns for the son whose gift has sat for so many years unopened beneath the now cobweb laden yuletide tree.
Early in the New Year the Royal Commission releases its findings in Case Studies 34 and 36. It finds that Peter Hollingworth had made errors of judgement and told untruths, but that Philip Aspinall hadn’t done anything untoward.
No charges are recommended against either of the church men. They will face no consequences for their open support of men who sexually abuse children.
In the house in the suburbs the woman continues to weep, but no-one hears her cry.
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Matthew 18: 2-6