Alain Jean Francois

Posted: November 1, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Teacher guilty of molesting schoolboy

Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:10pm AEDT

A former Brisbane primary school teacher has been found guilty of molesting a student.

Alain Jean Francois pleaded not guilty to indecently dealing with three boys aged between nine and 11 in the early 1980s.

This afternoon a District Court jury found the 56-year-old guilty on three counts relating to one of the students but not guilty to three separate charges involving two other boys.

He has been sentenced to nine months in jail with no recommendation on parole.

Jury in child abuse case considers its verdicts

By Kim Lyell

Posted Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:37pm AEDT

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the Brisbane District Court trial of former teacher Alain Jean Francois charged with molesting students.

Francois is accused of inappropriately touching three young boys at a state primary school in Brisbane’s south in the early 1980’s.

In his closing remarks after a seven-day trial, Judge Walter Tutt said the jurors must consider each of the charges separately.

He said they must be satisfied there is no real risk of concoction in the witness’s minds.

Teacher molested students 25 years ago: court

Amelia Bentley

November 1, 2010

A Brisbane school teacher has faced court on allegations he molested boys in his class room more than 25 years ago.

Alain Jean Francois, 56, is accused of abusing three primary school boys in 1982 and 1984 when he worked at a state school in south-west Brisbane.

The school cannot be named as it may identify the victims, who are now in their late thirties.

In the Brisbane District Court this morning, Mr Francois pleaded not guilty to nine counts of indecent dealing with children under 12 years old.

In opening the case, prosecutor Ron Swanwick said the boys recalled being molested while being made to sit on Mr Francois’ lap during class.

Mr Francois touched the youngsters’ genitals under their school shorts before telling them not to tell anyone about it, he said.

Mr Swanwick said the teacher told one of the boys: “Don’t say anything about this to anyone, or you’ll be in big trouble.”

Another boy claimed Mr Francois would make him sit in his lap where he would touch him before he was allowed to go to the toilet.

A third boy recalled being called to Mr Francois’ desk where he was touched under his underwear and then told: “Everything is okay. We’re going to be very good friends. You just can’t tell anybody.”

The next day the same thing happened, with Mr Francois telling him: “You’re a good student.”

In the most serious incident of abuse, Mr Swanwick said the boy was again called to sit in his teacher’s lap and was molested for about five minutes.

On that occasion, Mr Francois rubbed the boy’s penis so vigorously that it bled.

The next day he pinned the child to port racks outside the classroom and demanded to know if he had told anyone about what had happened.

Another teacher noticed the pair and would give evidence Mr Francois let go of the child when she walked past.

Mr Swanwick said two more former students of Mr Francois’ would also give evidence they were abused by him.

The boys, now also in their late 30s, had revealed alleged abuse to their parents and charges against Mr Francois were laid in late 1983.

But the charges were dismissed in early 1984.

Mr Swanwick said the pair’s allegations were “so strikingly similar” to the other three students’ complaints.

Defence barrister Simon Hamlyn-Harris warned jurors to listen to all the evidence before reaching opinions about his client.

He said the alleged offences occurred 27 and 28 years ago.

“Consider perhaps a rumour going around, or something heard, could many years later be transformed in their [the students] own minds to be an actual memory,” he said.

The trial, before Judge Walter Tutt, continues.


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