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”.

About author

Libby Dreyer
Libby Dreyer 1729 posts

Libby has worked as a Senior Journalist at National Radio News since February 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Canberra in December 2010.

View all posts by this author →

You might also like


Australia hosts the annual AUSMIN talks today

Australia will host the annual AUSMIN talks today in Syndey

National 0 Comments

Most of the missing safe as blazes still burn in Tasmania

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will visit affected fire areas in Tasmania today, as most of the 100 people missing have been accounted for.

National 0 Comments

Survey shows more single-parent families in poverty

A recent study has found an increasing number of single-parent households are living in poverty in Australia.


PM Abbott refuses to resettle migrants in south-east Asia

PM Abbott says Australia will answer calls to assist migrants at sea in south-east Asia, but he has refused to accept resettling any refugees.