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Elite school embroiled in child sex allegations – board member charged over ‘abhorrent’ videos

Prestigious school is embroiled in child sex allegations after a senior official was charged with uploading ‘abhorrent’ abuse videos

  • Perth Modern School has been rocked by child abuse allegations
  • The School’s Secretary of the Board Craig Andrew Donovan was raided by police
  • Officers allegedly uncovered ‘abhorrent’ child abuse videos on several devices
  • Mr Donovan is facing 15 years in jail if he is found guilty of child abuse charges 

Perth Modern School’s Craig Andrew Donovan, 56, (pictured) has been charged after officers allegedly uncovered child abuse videos on his mobile phone and desktop computer 

An elite school has been rocked by child abuse allegations after a senior school official was raided by police.

Perth Modern School board member Craig Andrew Donovan, 56, has been charged after officers allegedly uncovered child abuse videos on his mobile phone and desktop computer. 

The school board secretary could face up to 15 years in jail if he is found guilty and convicted over the child sex offences.  

Police executed a search at Mr Donovan’s home on Tuesday after detectives with the Australian Federal Police allegedly identified him as having shared ‘abhorrent’ videos to an online storage account.

Craig Andrew Donovan, the secretary of Perth Modern School's 2020 board met Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in 2016 while acting as P&C President at Rosalie Primary School in WA

Craig Andrew Donovan, the secretary of Perth Modern School’s 2020 board met Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in 2016 while acting as P&C President at Rosalie Primary School in WA

Officers seized a number of electronic devices which will undergo forensic examination as part of the joint agency operation into the child abuse allegations 

AFP Senior Constable Adrian Guadagnuolo said the impact of sharing child abuse materials can be seriously damaging.

‘Abuse causes irreparable damage to the victims and their families and it is heartbreaking to think innocent young children are being injured to satisfy an offender’s depraved wishes and make a profit,’ Senior Constable Guadagnuolo said.

AFP Acting Commander ACCCE and Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said child protection authorities work tirelessly to protect some of the nation’s most vulnerable.  

‘This arrest should serve as a warning to would-be offenders that you are not anonymous online and crimes committed online have severe penalties in the real world,’ she said. 

Mr Donovan faced Perth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material obtained via a carriage service. 

He was granted strict conditional bail which involves reporting to the Mandurah Police station once a week, reported the West Australian.

Perth Modern School (pictured) has been rocked by a child abuse scandal after a senior school official was raided by police

Perth Modern School (pictured) has been rocked by a child abuse scandal after a senior school official was raided by police

Under court orders Mr Donovan must not go anywhere near a child under 16, and is banned from using the internet outside of work, banking and communication with family and lawyers.

He has also been forced to surrender his passports and can not go within 1km of Perth airport.

Mr Donovan’s name has been removed from Perth Modern School’s listing of board members since the charges were published.

On the school’s website, it says Mr Donovan ‘is passionate about supporting our children, our teachers and school leaders to achieve their best’. 

The school refused requests by the West Australian to comment on the allegations, or whether Mr Donovan had been removed from the board over the pending charges.  

The Department of Education directed requests for inquiries to the WA Police. 

Mr Donovan joined the Perth Modern School board as secretary and a parent representative in 2018. 

Mr Donovan's name has been removed from Perth Modern School's (pictured) listing of board members since the charges were published

Mr Donovan’s name has been removed from Perth Modern School’s (pictured) listing of board members since the charges were published

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