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Teacher banned for cyber ‘game’

  • by: Tanya Chilcott
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • December 03, 2010 11:00PM

A TEACHER who made an avatar – a computer alter ego – to interact inappropriately with a 12-year-old in a virtual world has been deregistered and banned for reapplying for four years.

Gregory Stark, 44, was also found by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to have hugged and kissed the student inappropriately, sent her inappropriate text messages including one saying, “I love you so much it hurts”, and given her presents including mobile phone credit, CDs and poems.

In a written decision QCAT stated the student gave evidence Mr Stark’s avatar “engaged in sexualised behaviour with her avatar”.

“When questioned about this, Mr Stark was evasive; he consistently claimed he “did not know” whether his avatar was capable of such behaviour,” the written decision stated.

The tribunal also found he had encouraged the student to use a webcam when she was interacting online with him.

“The tribunal considers that the behaviour of Mr Stark is very serious,” QCAT wrote.

“He has admitted that he wanted his relationship with the student to continue after she left school.

“He accessed school records to obtain her home telephone number and address and visited the student at home during the holidays.

“He discouraged the student from telling others of his conduct because he knew it was inappropriate.”

The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), which began an investigation into Mr Stark after it was informed by the Department of Education there was an investigation into his behaviour last October, told QCAT the teacher’s conduct represented “a campaign of grooming”.

The tribunal ordered Mr Stark’s teaching registration be cancelled and he be banned from reapplying for four years.

He was also ordered to obtain treatment from a registered psychologist within 12 months of reapplying for registration.





Pic: Nathan Richter  Source: The Courier-Mail

Former Churchie master and pedophile fails in suppression bid

  • by Tanya Chilcott
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • June 01, 2011 12:00AM

AN ATTEMPT by a jailed pedophile and former Churchie deputy headmaster to suppress details of his impending teaching disciplinary hearing because of safety concerns has been denied.

Former Anglican Church Preparatory School deputy headmaster Christopher Michael Klemm was jailed for five years in 2010 after pleading guilty to three counts of indecent treatment of a former student and one of unlawful carnal knowledge against the act of nature.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal said that while Mr Klemm was “in a position of at least some vulnerability”, the information before the Queensland College of Teachers was already public.

“It is a clear case where the desirability of proceeding in public outweighs all other considerations.”

Victim of Anglican Church Grammar School teacher Chris Klemm says he thought he found love with Churchie father figure

  • Tony Keim
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • November 05, 2010 10:24AM

A MOTHERLESS 12-year-old boy, spurned by his father, believed he found the love he had for so long craved when he was made to feel special by his boarding master at Brisbane’s prestigious Anglican Church Grammar School almost 25 years ago.

The boy’s boarding master and teacher, Chris Klemm, also felt a special bond with his new protege, but his “love” for the child was of the far more sinister kind.

A quarter of a century on and the boy is now a man, aged 37, and remains haunted by the “special relationship” he suffered at the hands of Klemm, until last year Churchie’s preparatory school deputy principal, which robbed him of his childhood, his innocence and possibility his sexual orientation.

Christopher Michael Klemm, 52, was jailed for five years yesterday after pleading guilty to sexually abusing the boy, then aged between 12 and 15, on four separate occasions between February 10, 1985 and January 1, 1988.

It was revealed Klemm, who is now openly homosexual, was struggling with his homosexuality when he molested his Year 7 student.

Klemm’s confusion led to his romantic infatuation for the boy, but the boy’s “love” for his teacher was of the platonic kind of a child for their parent.

Lawyers for Klemm, during his sentencing, said: “The fact is Mr Klemm was infatuated with (the boy) and believed he had found true love.”

In a harrowing victim statement, Klemm’s former charge is now as confused and tormented as his former master.

The question the man, who now works as a pilot and lives abroad, most asks himself is: “Am I gay because of Klemm?”

“The biggest and most lasting prominent effect Klemm has left on my life is the question I ask myself daily, ‘would I be gay if this hadn’t happened to me’?,” he said.

“I never wanted to be gay. I live my life in a very masculine straight man’s world as a pilot … (but) it is impossible for me to get excited about women.

“I believe Klemm has disabled me to make a sexual choice besides being a gay man.”

In 1985, the boy had been living with family in Hong Kong after the drowning death of his adopted mother four years earlier, when he was sent to Churchie as a Year 7 boarder.

Klemm instantly bonded with the child, made him feel special and regularly invited him to visit his private quarters to sit on his lap as they watched television.

The maths and social sciences teacher later moved into a unit at Highgate Hill, in Brisbane’s inner-south, and often collected the boy after school to come over for visits.

During those visits Klemm provided the boy with alcohol and cigarettes and twice allowed the boy to perform oral sex on him.

Klemm also once sodomised the child at the unit and on another occasion had the boy perform an act on him on Churchie school grounds.

The victim, who cannot be named under Queensland law, said he believed Klemm’s abuse had not only robbed him of his choice of sexuality, but also his of childhood desire to one day have his own nuclear family – complete with wife and children.

“I will never be able to have a wife and children of my own like I promised myself when I was (a young boy living) in Hong Kong,” he said.

“I held Mr Klemm in such high regard and he definitely filled a huge void in my life, at that time, of a father figure … I could trust and confide in.

“(But) at the most critical time in my life he absolutely took advantage of me, a child so obviously needing love and affection.”

Klemm, although jailed for five years, will be released from custody after a partial suspension of the term in February 2012.

Former Anglican Church Grammar School deputy headmaster Chris Klemm jailed for child sex offences

  • Tony Keim
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • November 04, 2010 10:50AM

THE former deputy headmaster of Brisbane’s prestigious Anglican Church Grammar Preparatory School, aka “Churchie”, has pleaded guilty to four charges relating to sex acts with a boy under the age of 14.

Christopher Michael Klemm,  52, today pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 and one of unnatural offence — which is carnal knowledge against the act of nature.

He was jailed for five years to be suspended after serving 15 months in custody.

The Brisbane District Court was told the popular teacher was struggling with his sexuality when he molested a young student, then aged between 12 and 15, on four separate occasions between February 10, 1985 and January 1, 1988.

Prosecutor Vicki Loury said Klemm, then the boy’s boarding master and maths and social sciences teacher, befriended the boy and acted as a father figure when the child was sent to Churchie not long after the death of his mother.

She said Klemm would invite the boy, at the time aged 12, to visit him in his room at the school’s boarding house and sit on his lap as they watched television.

The court was told Klemm eventually moved into a unit at Highgate Hill, in Brisbane’s inner-south, and would collect the boy after school to come over for visits.

Ms Loury said it was during these visits Klemm twice had the boy perform a sex act on him and once sodomised the child.

She said on another occasion the boy performed a sex act on Klemm in Churchie’s school grounds.

The court was told Klemm taught at Churchie for all but two-years of his teaching career from 1981 and up until he was stood down when police revealed they were investigating him for child sex offences on October 1 last year.

Barrister Catherine Cuthbert, for Klemm, said her client was confused about his sexuality and was a virgin when he began teaching at Churchie.

She said Klemm became “infatuated’’ with the boy victim and believed he had “found true love’’ as their bond developed.

“There is a breach of trust (in this case) clearly,’’ she said.

“But, the fact is Mr Klemm was infatuated with (the boy) … and believed he had found true love.’’

The court heard Klemm was identified because of an “anatomical anomaly”.


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Fears paedophile may teach again

Nikkii Joyce | 3rd April 2010

A CONVICTED child-porn paedophile – a former Sunshine Coast high school teacher – may be back in the classroom within three years.

Simon Andrew Kemp, who taught at Maroochydore High, was found in possession of 14,000 child pornography pictures and more than 500 child-porn video files.

Mr Kemp served four months in prison in 2008 over the child exploitation material featuring children aged between one and 15.

He is one of a potentially large group of offenders who can use a loophole in the Queensland Education Act.

If Mr Kemp had kept his Queensland teacher registration up to date, he would never again be able to teach in Queensland.

However, he let the registration lapse.

Anyone wanting to teach in this state has to be registered by the Queensland College of Teachers.

Because he was not registered, the QCT disciplinary committee could meter out one penalty only.

That was to prohibit Mr Kemp from re-applying for his teacher registration for five years.

Neither the government nor the QCT is willing to accept responsibility for the loophole.

Last month, Opposition education spokesman Bruce Flegg said he wanted a life ban slapped on any teacher found guilty of criminal offences against children.

“In cases such as child rape and the very serious end of allegations, we should be ensuring these people never again deal with children,” he said.

“This constant reapplying to go back into teaching, we run the risk that some of these people are just going to slip through the net and back into the classroom.”

Mr Kemp was a registered Queensland teacher for four years before he was picked up by a Queensland police taskforce targeting child abusers.

He was teaching maths and information technology at Maroochydore High at the time and had coached an under 15 boys soccer team.

In June, 2007, Taskforce Argos informed QCT that Mr Kemp had been charged with offences of possession of child exploitation material and making child exploitation material.

The Daily has obtained a copy of the QCT Teachers’ Disciplinary Committee hearing documents, available under the Right to Information Act.

It revealed that Crown prosecution submissions to Maroochydore District Court included that Mr Kemp had images and videos of children, aged one to 14, posing naked and engaging in oral, anal and vaginal sex with each other and adult males.

Mr Kemp was sentenced to 15 months in jail, suspended after serving four months.

QCT director John Ryan told the Daily this week it had never received an application from a former teacher whose registration they had cancelled.

Mr Ryan, who denied there was a loophole, said the applicant would have to prove he or she had extenuating circumstances to be able to teach again.

Queensland Education Minister Geoff Wilson was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Twenty-six teacher registrations were cancelled last year and another 300 remained under investigation.

Most can reapply for registration after five years.

Teacher jailed for possessing child porn

12:00a.m. 24th October 2008

| By Rae Wilson

A Sunshine Coast school teacher was jailed yesterday for possessing 14,231 still and 542 video pornographic images of children aged one to 14 years.

Simon Andrew Kemp, 31, was teaching maths and information technology at Maroochydore High School and had coached an under 15 boys soccer team.

Mr Kemp, who pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court to five counts of possessing child exploitation material, had been a student at the school.

Crown prosecutor Lilly Brisick told the court yesterday that Mr Kemp had downloaded the images on his family computer over 16 months in 1006 and 2007.

She said he had stored the photos using a hidden file system and had burned images to four compact discs.

Ms Brisick said the videos were graphic and possession promoted the exploitation and corruption of children.

Barrister Neil Stubbins said his client had shown genuine remorse and addressed his behaviour through professional help.

Mr Kemp has seen a psychiatrist regularly and has been diagnosed with OCD and paedophilia.

In a report to the court, the psychiatrist revealed his client had a homosexual outlook he could not share.

“His sexual feelings instead became immersed in child pornography,” he wrote.

Mr Kemp was sentenced to 15 months jail, suspended after serving four months.


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Teacher banned for 3 years after sexual relationship with student

NATHAN PAULL  |  July 5th, 2011

A FEMALE teacher who had a sexual relationship with an Ayr student has been banned from teaching.

Kristine Maree Grasso, who graduated from James Cook University in 2009 before taking up a position at Burdekin Catholic High School, was given the three-year ban after she was brought before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for breaching the Queensland College of Teachers’ policies.

Evidence before the tribunal last month showed Ms Grasso breached the policies several times during 2009 and 2010, before she was eventually suspended on September 24, 2010.

Tribunal documents show Ms Grasso and the student were exchanging “multiple texts per day” and that, during a school netball trip away in 2009, they had discussions about “sexuality”.

Ms Grasso was also spending “a lot of time” alone at home with the student and began sleeping over at the student’s home in 2010, sharing a bed.

The teacher and school netball coach also invited the student to accompany her to another city and often drove the student to and from sporting activities in her own vehicle, which included trips away.

In 2010, Ms Grasso and the student shared a room together during a school netball trip and had been involved in “sexually intimate activity” together during the period.

The tribunal also found Ms Grasso realised the student was committing self-harming behaviour, but did not tell anyone until two months after she realised it had occurred.

“In the tribunal’s view, the fact that Ms Grasso engaged in sexual conduct with the student over a period of time and that the student in question was vulnerable, raised the seriousness of her conduct,” tribunal documents read.

“The tribunal did however also take into account mitigating circumstances which included the relative youth and inexperience of Ms Grasso, her willingness to co-operate and volunteer information … the remorse clearly shown by Ms Grasso for her transgressions and her voluntary participation in therapy.”

The tribunal banned Ms Grasso from registering as a teacher for three years due to “the nature of the serious breach of trust in this matter. If Ms Grasso does re-register to teach after the period, she will have to obtain a psychologist’s report showing she has “gained the necessary insight or knowledge into what is required of a teacher”.

The Bulletin could not contact Ms Grasso yesterday.

Female teacher banned for five years after sending sex letters to 16-year-old student

  • By Tanya Chilcott
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • July 02, 2010 9:20AM

A FEMALE Queensland high school teacher who, according to court documents, sent sexually explicit letters to a male student has been banned from reapplying to teach for five years.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has found former state school teacher Laura Naomi Fields posed “an unacceptable risk of harm to children”.

Documents handed to QCAT earlier this year by the Queensland College of Teachers claimed Ms Fields first sent a letter to a then 16-year-old student on November 2, last year, stating she was “increasingly turned on and drawn to him” and was having “crazy and intense fantasies” while still at the school.

“I do miss you and crave your company and I would love to have a friendship with you … but I’m not sure if I would always be able to keep my hands off you,” she wrote.

Three letters were sent to the student – the second and third after the student had graduated.

In its finding against Ms Fields, QCAT said her behaviour could be “described as disgraceful on a number of grounds”.

“Firstly she was in a position of trust and responsibility towards a student,” QCAT said.

“Secondly, the highly-sexualised language is disturbing.

“Ms Fields showed little remorse or insight into her actions as demonstrated by her third piece of correspondence and by her reaction in writing after she was advised of the investigation … and the tribunal must conclude there would be a possibility of it occurring in the future.

“She poses an unacceptable risk of harm to children.

“The Tribunal orders that Ms Fields be prohibited from reapplying for registration or permission to teach for five years.”