Two ex-principals charged with abusing pupils

The Australian

DECEMBER 1, 2015

Dan Box
Crime reporter

A second former principal at a ­remote Catholic boarding school in northern Queensland has been charged with sexual crimes ­involving young boys.

Terry Kingston, a member of the Christian Brothers religious order, will face court this week charged with the indecent treatment of seven boys in 1976-77 while he was the principal of St Teresa’s College in Abergowrie.

It comes after another former principal at the boarding school, many of whose pupils are from ­indigenous families living across the Northern Territory, Cape York and Torres Strait, was charged with sexual crimes against children and will face trial next year.

James Sampson Doran, who took over the leadership of St ­Teresa’s in 1989, has indicated in court that he will plead not guilty to more than 40 charges relating to the alleged abuse of 11 boys in NSW between 1973 to 1986.

The Australian previously ­revealed that at least seven former pupils at a second Catholic boarding school, St John’s College in Woodlawn near Lismore, northern NSW, have committed suicide amid allegations of historical sexual abuse by staff.

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