Matthew David O’Meara

Posted: March 24, 2013 by Serendipity in Photo, Western Australia
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Former girls’ school chaplain gets 15 months’ jail

Updated Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:46am AEDT

A former chaplain at a Perth girls’ school has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for possessing child pornography.

Matthew David O’Meara was the chaplain at Perth College in Mt Lawley when hundreds of pornographic images were found on two computer thumb drives belonging to him.

O’Meara denied any knowledge of the material and suggested at his trial that he had been set up.

Despite his claims, a District Court jury found him guilty of all four charges.

At the sentencing hearing on Thursday, the court was told O’Meara, who has two young children, was ruined both professionally and financially.

O’Meara will have to serve seven-and-a-half months in jail, before he can be released on parole.

His wife, Karina O’Meara, insists her husband is innocent and said she will continue to support him.

“We all stand by Matthew, 100 per cent,” she said.

“We believe that he has suffered a terrible injustice, a brutal injustice.

“We’re going to do what we can to regroup and consider an appeal and we’ll do what we can to advance the cause for justice for him as soon as possible.

“We know this is not the actions of Matthew O’Meara and that’s all I wish to say about the matter at this point.”


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  1. ann says:

    Matthew O’meara is originally from Melbourne and taught at St Michaels Grammar School. His wife has held senior communication and PR roles with large corporates, ( as evidenced by her well scripted response). Denial is a very strong coping mechanism. Ironically, she now works at Christ Church Grammar in an executive role.

  2. essie says:

    As an ex-student of his in Melbourne I am still on the fence… When we had to hand our work in he would usually hand out a USB flash drive and we would all put our work onto it…. would make for an easy set up if anyone had anything against him.

    • Serendipity says:

      Are you suggesting that one of the girls set him up?

      • Victoria Whitelaw says:

        I do not believe it is possible to sit on the fence. He has been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt. There were 100s of images and FB stuff of st. Ms girls ( not porn) that he had kept. Pretty sure his wife gave evidence he did not use USBs. So, clearly he did. 2 trials- one hung jury , second one guilty. He tried to blame other people at the school. The more he and his wife said, the more evidence came out about him lying. Personally, I always felt St M’s swept things under the carpet. There was no indication he was leaving for Perth. He was just suddenly gone. Sorry, mate but guilty guilty guilty.

    • Victoria Whitelaw says:

      See my reply below- intended for Essie.

  3. Victoria Whitelaw says:

    Also, one USB was in his pocket when police arrived. The USBs were not homework. In addition to the porn there were his and his wife’s documents- certificates etc. Scanned. And old images from FB of young St. M’s girls- not the subject of the charges. It is devastating to think a popular teacher is like that but that is often the way. He was probably “grooming.”

  4. Annabelle says:

    Matthew OMeara is now back in Melbourne.

    Does anyone know if the Sex Offenders lists, associated after-jail monitoring conditions and parole conditions are National or State only jurisdictons ? ie when he left WA and came back to Melbourne ….does anyone here KNOW he is a convicted sex offender ? Is he obliged to report anywhere ? ( as he would have to do if he was in WA still) or dos eh just fall off the radar because he is not in WA ?

    His kid goes to my schooland he wanders in and out like any other parent.

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