First successful prosecution under WA’s child sexual abuse mandatory reporting legislation welcomed by McGowan Government
Children and Community Services Act 2004 amendments to extend mandatory reporting requirements to ministers of religion currently before Parliament
Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk has welcomed the first successful prosecution under Western Australia’s mandatory reporting legislation to protect children from sexual abuse.
A Perth Magistrate today found that the prosecution had proved its case against two former Trinity College teachers who did not report the sexual abuse of a child, contrary to s.124B of the Children and Community Services Act 2004.
The two men were charged with failing in their mandatory duty to report an incident of sexual abuse to authorities under State legislation introduced in 2009.
The men were found to have been aware of the serious nature of the incident, but failed to report the abuse as required under the legislation. The Magistrate imposed a penalty of a fine in the amount of $1,200 to each.
Legal costs were awarded to the Department of Communities, who brought the prosecution, in the sum of $5,500 each.
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