Former Queensland school principal jailed for abusing children

Brisbane Times

A former north Queensland principal and Christian Brother has been jailed for three years for abusing boys at a Catholic school in the 1970s.

Terence Patrick Aquinas Kingston, 79, was sentenced in Brisbane District Court on Tuesday for nine counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

The court heard Kingston abused seven boys in grade eight and nine while he was principal at St Teresa’s College in Abergowrie, near Ingham, more than 40 years ago.

Chief Judge Kerry O’Brien acknowledged the former headmaster’s advanced age, current ill-health and the time since the offending as mitigating factors.

But he said the nature of the abuse was such that he must serve at least nine months in jail.

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