More accusations against Canberra suicide teacher

A Canberra Catholic co-ed school, Daramalan College, has issued a statement inviting students who may have been assaulted by a former teacher, Paul John Lyons, who committed suicide seven years ago, to come forward.

IBN News reports that sports teacher Paul John Lyons, who was charged in 2000 with abusing a 15-year-old, committed suicide that same year.

It is alleged however that there could be many more victims, who were abused after Lyons - who taught sports at the Catholic co-educational school Daramalan College since 1989 - allegedly took them to his house, gave them alcohol and showed them pornographic material.

The school has settled two damages claims from former students who say they were assaulted by Lyons. Legal action is pending in three other cases.

The school has now issued a public statement through a Melbourne public relations firm, Royce Communications, urging other students who may have been assaulted by Lyons to come forward.

"We encourage any past student who feels they are in need of support or counselling to contact us directly," the statement of principal David Garratt said.

"Regrettably, nothing can set right the wrongs of the past and the actions of Mr Lyons."

The statement was issued after the Weekend Australian newspaper published a story about Mr Lyons and the allegations.

Mr Garratt was not the principal when Lyons taught there, IBN News says.

IBN News, 11/7/07)

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12 Jul 2007