Royal Commission to hear from Knox “balaclava man”

Royal Commission to hear from Knox “balaclava man”

The Royal Commission in to child sex abuse will resume public hearings today, and will hear from a former teacher on the notorious Knox Grammar school, who allegedly abused a student while wearing a balaclava.

Christopher Fotix was summoned before the Commission last month but failed to attend, and was then arrested.

Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, in Sydney’s northern suburbs, has been a major focus of the Royal Commission, for its handling of allegations of inappropriate conduct by a number of teachers towards students between 1970 and 2012.

The commission has previously heard that in 1988, a teenage boarder awoke to find a masked man groping him in his bedroom, but police were never informed of the incident.

Former headmaster of Knox Ian Patterson has told the Commission he believed Mr Fotis was the man responsible for the attack.

The former teacher has been called to front today’s hearing, and is expected to be questioned over the incident.

In his opening statement, Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission David Lloyd highlighted how Mr Fotis continued to teach at the school until the end of 1989, when he resigned “after being arrested for masturbating in his car while parked outside a school”.

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