Former deputy principal’s unfair dismissal bid fails following rape allegation

The Age

August 13, 2020

By Kate Hedley

A former deputy principal who lost his job at a Catholic school in Perth after being accused of raping a student more than 20 years ago has failed in his bid to have his employment reinstated.

While Donald Andrew Parnell never faced criminal charges over the abuse claim, Catholic Education Western Australia conducted a formal investigation and found the allegations substantiated “on the balance of probabilities”, and recommended his employment be terminated.

On August 20 last year, Mr Parnell was dismissed for misconduct from Lumen Christi College.

An unfair dismissal application filed by the former deputy principal to WA’s Industrial Relations Commission was heard earlier this year, with Mr Parnell’s application dismissed.

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