Brett O’Connor Faces New South Wales Court On 10 Child Sex Charges
New details have emerged on the allegation that the Director of Education was assaulting children.
Brett O’Connor, director at Education Queensland, a child safety center, appeared in court at Tweed Heads which is located in New South Wales earlier this week to face 10 child sex charges.
O’Connor is being charged with 10 counts of sexual and indecent assault.
According to the police, O’Connor, 52, assaulted 2 twelve year old boys while he was working as a teacher at Campbelltown and Hunters Hill in Sydney back in the 1980s.
Last month O’Connor was suspended by Education Queensland from his role as a director of child safety as soon as they were notified about the said claims. Phillip Mulherin, O’Connor’s lawyer, applied for a non-publication and suppression order on the identity of O’Connor saying that media coverage of the case will cause embarrassment and stress. That said, the request was denied by the magistrate.
O’Connor is due to appear in court in June and he is currently free on bail.
According to the Education Queensland, the role in which O’Connor was playing, Director of Child safety, did not in any way required direct contact with children.
According to Kate Jones, the Education Minister, the matter is ”distressing for anyone to hear”, however she refused to give any more comments with regards to the case given that it is in the NSW courts.
"Obviously, we'll be following that process," she said.