How St Kevin’s College supported a child sex offender coach to the horror of his student victim


February 17, 2020

By Louise Milligan, Mary Fallon and Lauren Day

A top Catholic boys’ school is facing accusations of a culture of cover-up, after revelations its principal and dean of sport gave references for a now-convicted child sex offender but gave no support to the victim during the court process.

St Kevin’s College in Melbourne hit the headlines last year when its students were filmed singing a sexist chant on a Melbourne tram.

The incident tarred the reputation of the school and ignited wider debates about private boys’ school culture.

In recent years, St Kevin’s was also caught up in one of the biggest scandals to hit the Catholic Church. A jury found Cardinal George Pell guilty of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The two victims were on scholarships at St Kevin’s.

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