Tasmanian police preparing report for DPP on Hutchins abuse claims


PROSECUTORS are considering whether to lay charges against a former teacher from the Hutchins School who was accused of sexually abusing boys during the 1960s.

Ronald Thomas was named by two ex-students during a public hearing in Hobart of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Former police commissioner Richard McCreadie gave evidence that he had questioned former principal David Ralph Lawrence and Mr Thomas — a former music teacher — about sexual abuse.

Both were thought to have died. Mr Thomas, however, was discovered living in retirement in New Zealand.

Police took statements from two former students last month before travelling to New Zealand to speak with Mr Thomas.

“They have now returned … and will prepare a report for the Director of Public Prosecutions,” a police spokeswoman said.

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