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Name:Brian Bertram Morris Perkins (Deceased - 2009)
Age: 71yrs old
State: SA/ QLD
Sentence: Sentenced in the Adelaide District Court
to 10yrs jail/ 6 1/2yrs non parole. Time served he will be eligible for parole in 4 1/2yrs.
Offence/Other: Repeat Offender.Pleaded guilty in August 2003
to 2 counts of causing a child to expose his body,
2 counts of indecent assault (boys were under the age of 16yrs/12yrs)
and 1 count of inciting a child to do an indecent
act.Ex-Bus driver (St Anne's Special School/ Catholic church).
Victim's were intellectually disabled boys.
On some occasions SA Paedophile
Robert Kingsley Hawkes joined Perkins in molesting the boys.
Prior convictions for carnal knowledge.
Mediation begins between Catholic Church and St Ann’s sex abuse victims seeking compensation
Out-of-court negotiations have begun to settle compensation claims over the St Ann’s Special School sexual abuse case.
A father of one of the abuse victims, Peter Mitchell, said this morning that the Catholic Church had entered
talks with the victims’ families who are seeking compensation.
“We’re grateful to Archbishop (Philip) Wilson that we’re entering mediation to settle our claims,” he said.
“But we can’t provide any further comment as we don’t want to jeopardise the mediation process.”
The mediation could end 12 years of legal battles over paedophile Brian Perkins’ molestation of 36 students at
St Ann’s Special School more than 20 years ago.
Between 1987 and 1991, Perkins videotaped, photographed and sexually assaulted 36 students at the Marion school,
where he worked as a volunteer bus driver. He fled interstate and was not arrested for his crimes until 2002.
He was jailed a year later and has since died in custody.
Victims of the abuse have been waging a long battle for compensation since, on the grounds that the school and
church failed to protect them from Perkins’ crimes.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard evidence on the abuse when it sat
in Adelaide in March.
Earlier this year, Mr Mitchell launched on online petition on change.org calling on the Catholic Church to
settle the compensation claims.
The petition has since attracted more than 104,000 signatures.
A Catholic Archdiocese spokeswoman said she could not specifically comment on any mediation claims, citing
“Archbishop Philip Wilson has, from the outset, acknowledged the victims’ rights to seek compensation through
the civil courts and he has also demonstrated his willingness to explore avenues for resolution outside the
traditional court process,” she said.
“It would be inappropriate to comment on any specific case.”
Catholic Education Office chief’s sorrow over abuse at St Ann’s Special School
The sexual abuse of intellectually disabled students was “shocking and appalling” and the handling of the
case in 1991 was “unacceptable”, says the former director of the Catholic Education Office.
Allan Dooley also apologised to victims of paedophile Brian Perkins, who worked at St Ann’s Special School
in Marion more than two decades ago.
“For the former students and families affected, I am deeply sorry that the abuse at St Ann’s ever occurred,” he said.
“In everything I did I tried to engage and work in an open and transparent way with all the different people
and organisations that were involved in the Church’s response.’’
The apology followed a detailed statement from Mr Dooley to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses
to Child Sexual Abuse, which is examining the claims of sex abuse at St Ann’s.
Mr Dooley outlined his efforts to investigate Perkins involvement at the school, when he first became aware
of the claims in 2001 after being contacted by a concerned parent.
As part of this investigation, Mr Dooley told the inquiry he interviewed the school principal at the time,
Claude Hamam, several times.
Mr Dooley said Mr Hamam originally told him he had done a police check on Perkins prior to offering Perkins
employment at the school as a bus driver.
At a later interview, Mr Hamam then told Mr Dooley he had not done a police check.
“This was contrary to what he had previously said,” he told the Commission.
“I also made recommendations for the suspension and dismissal of Hamam from employment, based on my view …
that Hamam was not a fit and proper person to be employed in Catholic education in South Australia.”
Counsel Assisting the Commission Sophie David then questioned Mr Dooley about whether the Archbishop at the
time, Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, was aware of allegations in 1991 of sexual abuse by Perkins of at least
one student at the school.
The Commission was shown a statement from Archbishop Faulkner saying he first became aware of the allegations
against Perkins in 1993.
Mr Dooley said he doesn’t know if Archbishop was aware of the allegations in 1991, but he didn’t remember
seeing any information about Perkins when he started with Catholic Education a few years later, in 1994.
Mr Dooley told the Commission if he had been made aware of the allegations in 1994, he would have pursued
the same investigation that he did when he first became aware of the abuse allegations in 2001.
The hearing continues on Friday with the former principal expected to give evidence.
South Australia’s top detective shut down investigation into paedophile bus driver Brian Perkins after his arrest in 1993, inquiry told
The state’s most senior detective shut down an investigation into paedophile bus driver Brian
Perkins after his arrest in 1993 that prevented further victims being identified, an inquiry has heard.
The order, given by Assistant Commissioner Colin Watkins, angered detectives involved in the operation
who believed Perkins may have sexually abused more students at St Ann’s Special School than the one he
had been charged in connection with.
Detective Sergeant Len Mosheev told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that
he had been in a meeting with the officers involved in Operation Deny when Mr Watkins telephoned the forward
commander Detective Chief Inspector Peter Simons and gave the order.
A visibly agitated Det Mosheev said Det Chief Insp Simons was “told to inform us to cease.’’ He said
the detectives were not allowed to examine any material seized from Perkins when they arrested him,
which included a large number of photographs of naked men and boys, or continue further inquiries to
identify any other potential victims.
Presiding member Jennifer Coate asked Det Mosheev if he was given any reasons and he replied “no,
they would not give us reasons — none at all — and we were really angry and that’s documented in the ACB report’’.
“We didn’t know what was going on behind the scenes, but we didn’t think it was appropriate,’’ he replied.
Det Mosheev said there was “so much more to look at’’ but he could not continue because disobeying a
commissioned officer would mean “disciplinary action, possible sacking’’.
The inquiry heard Perkins could have been arrested on the day his house was first searched in
1991 for evidence of child pornography if police had police checked for any outstanding warrants.
A check would have found he had an outstanding arrest warrant for a drink driving charge.
After detectives searched his house on August 21, 1991, he fled and when he could not be
located in ensuing weeks, the investigation file was eventually closed.
The inquiry also heard that Det Sgt Mosheev also failed to conduct a criminal records check on
Perkins before the August 21, 1991, search of his house.
If that had been done he would have discovered Perkins had three previous convictions for child
sex offences — in 1956, 1969 and 1974.
The inquiry is examining the handling of claims of child sexual abuse at St Ann’s special
school at Marion between 1985 and 1991 by the Catholic Church and SAPOL.
Perkins was employed by the school as a bus driver and also volunteered in the woodworking workshop.
He was charged in 1993, but fled Adelaide after skipping bail in January, 1994.
Although police located him in Queensland in 1998, he was not arrestedand extradited back to Adelaide until 2002.
Perkins pleaded guilty to five sex offences against three St Ann’s students and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
He died in prison in 2009.
School For Disabled Sued Over Sex Abuse
Two disabled men who as boys
suffered five years of sexual abuse
at the hands of notorious
Brian Perkins have
launched a civil lawsuit in the
Known only as X and Y, the men
- who have Down syndrome - are
seeking unspecified damages from
Perkins, St Anne's Special School
and the Catholic Church.
Defence papers have not yet been
lodged with the court.
In their statement of claim, the
men say the memories of their childhoods will continue to be "dominated" by the abuse.
"They are unable to recall many
favourable experiences of their
childhood as a result," the court
In 2003, Perkins pleaded guilty in
the District Court to two counts of
causing or inducing a child to expose
his body, two of indecent assault and
one of inciting or procuring a child
to perform an indecent act.
The court was told that between
1987 and 1991, he videotaped, photographed and sexually assaulted
three boys with Down syndrome
who attended the school where he
worked as a bus driver.
He also volunteered at the school
as a woodwork teacher.
Judge Jeffrey Anderson sentenced
him to 10 1/2 years jail, with a non-
parole period of six years.
The sentence was backdated to
March, 2002, when he was taken into
The Judge said Perkins had previous convictions for carnal knowledge from 1969 and 1974.
X and Y allege St Anne's Special
School and the church failed to
protect them from Perkins, who they
say abused them from the ages of
10 and 17 respectively.
"(They) had a duty of care to
ensure the plaintiffs' safety as they
were persons suffering intellectual
disability and (were) therefore vulnerable," the papers say.
They say the school failed to properly investigate Perkins' criminal
history before employing him.
"(It) failed to take any... adequate steps to investigate whether
or not X and Y and others had been
sexually assaulted by Perkins
when they first became aware of the
abuse in (about) 1987," it says.
"(It) failed to take any.. . action
to investigate...repeated complaints by parents as to the inordinate delays in the
students' daily trip
home by bus or the repeated
unscheduled detours referred to by
X and Y also claim one of the
state's most infamous pedophiles,
Robert Kingsley Hawkes, joined
Perkins in forcing them to perform
"The plaintiffs ... continue to suffer nightmares (and) severe depression," the documents say.
"(They) will continue to have
some difficulty trusting strangers,
"This lack of trust will cause them
difficulties in their future career
and... social life."
Adelaide Advertiser (15-7-2005)
Paedophile Not Too Old For Prison, Says Judge
A lawyer acting for a pedophile
bus driver has been rebuked by the
Court or Criminal Appeal for referring to his client as a "geriatric".
Justice John Sulan yesterday said
convicted pedophile Brian Bertram
Morris Perkins, 67, was "not far off"
his own age, and no different to other
prisoners in the system.
In September, Perkins was jailed
for 10 years, with a six-year non-
parole period, after pleading guilty
to videotaping, photographing and
sexually assaulting three boys with
Down Syndrome from a Catholic
school between 1987 and 1991.
He was employed at the school as
a bus driver and volunteered as a
woodwork teacher and a respite
Nick Vadasz, for Perkins, argued
that District Court Judge Jeffrey
Anderson had failed to take into
account his client's age and health
problems when passing sentence.
"The sentence is manifestly excessive and totally out of kilter with
respect to these offences and more
serious offences," Mr Vadasz said.
He said his client suffered from various illnesses and medical problems,
including Ross River virus, diabetes,
sleep apnoea and gout.
"He was a man of advanced age
(when sentenced) and insufficient
consideration was given to the effects of his health and age on his
term of imprisonment." he said. "Jail
is not typically full of geriatrics and
I doubt if the prison system is set
up to deal with unwell geriatrics."
Justice Sulan disagreed with Mr
Vadasz's assessment: "I would not
regard him as a geriatric - I'm not
far off his age.
"He is certainly older and is well
above the average age of the population in jail but there are a number
of people who receive long sentences
Who are of a comparable age."
He said there "was nothing" in
Judge Robertson's decision "to
suggest error", and refused to grant
leave to appeal.
Outside court, a spokeswoman for
Perkins' victims said they were
"thrilled and relieved" at Justice
Adelaide Advertiser (26-11-2004)
Paedophile Loses as Boys' Pain Goes On
Victims of pedophile
bus driver Brian Bertram
Morris Peritins continue to
struggle with their recovery
- even though their tormentor has lost his last chance
for a reduced sentence,
perkins, 67, will serve his full
six-year non-parole period
after the Court of Criminal
Appeal unanimously rejected
his second appeal yesterday.
He was jailed last November
for 10 years for videotaping,
photographing and sexually
assaulting three Catholic
schoolboys with Down syndrome between 1987 and 1991.
He was employed at their
school as a bus driver and
volunteered as a woodwork
teacher and a respite care-giver. He abused the boys
both alone and in the company of other men.
Yesterday's decision was
welcomed by both the families of the victims and the
But a family spokeswoman
said the boys found it hard to
cope without the counselling
that had been paid for by the
church until it made its "gift
of love" - an unconditional $2
million compensation package to victims of church sex
abuse, "Some of the victims
are moving ahead in leaps and
bounds - but all were doing
better with the counselling,"
the spokeswoman said. As
soon as (the church) made
the 'gift of love', all counselling stopped being
paid for -even for people who hadn't
accepted their packages.
"Some counsellors have
kept it up on a voluntary basis
but others have refused."
Catholic Archbishop Philip
Wilson said "more than 95 per
cent" of affected families had
accepted the "gift".
"I re-emphasise my concern
again for the students and
their families, which is the
reason why I made the offer
of a gift to them last year." he
said, "It will assist them in
supporting these young
people into the future, including counselling if
parents decide that is what they need."
Yesterday's decision by
Chief Justice John Doyle, and
Justices John perry and Ted
Mullighan, means Perkins has
exhausted all legal avenues.
Chief Justice Doyle said the
fact Perkins had not re-offended did not mean he had
"It is like someone saying
they committed an armed
robbery five years ago, have
only now been caught but did
not commit any more crimes
in-between," he said.
"So what? Sometimes the
lack of further offending says
something positive about the
person - but it does not here."
Adelaide Advertiser (19-2-2004)
Paedophile Bus Driver Did Not Act Alone,
Victims Tell Counsellor
A former Catholic
Church school worker jailed
tor sexually abusing several
intellectually disabled boys
had not acted alone, it was
A psychologist counselling
some of the victims of the
jailed pedophile, former bus
driver Brian Bertram Morris
Perkins, 67, said they had
told him of ,'systematic
abuse by a number of men".
"There is no doubt in my
mind that we're talking
about a ring ot pedophiles,
not a single man who behaves inappropriately on a
bus," Malcolm Robinson
said. "I am told by my clients
that other people were involved.
That story is consistent from one boy to the other
to the other."
Mr Robinson said he had
forwarded details of the allegations to police working
on a child abuse taskforce.
Bertram was sentenced
last month to 10 years' jail,
with a six-year non-parole
period, after pleading guilty
to videotaping, photographing and sexually assaulting
three boys with Down Syndrome who attended St
Ann's Catholic School, Marion, between 1981 and 1991.
A police spokeswoman
said any allegations by victims would be investigated.
Mr Robinson also accused
the Catholic Church of
"washing its hands" of the
victims of the abuse.
Last month, the church
offered families of three of
Perkins's victims $100,000
each in unconditional
Another 10 families were
offered £15,000 each and 21
victims were offered $50,000
as part of a $2.1 million compensation package.
But Mr Robinson claimed
there were strings attached
to the payments.
He said the victims - whom
he had been counselling
after being approached by
the church - had to pay for
their own treatment from
"The Catholic Church at
that point washes its hands
of this matter," he said. He
also called for the church's
Vicar General, Monsignor
David Cappo, to resign from
his position as head of the
State Government's Social
"I'm not making any personal judgment about David
Cappo whatsoever," Mr
He said Fr Cappo was in
a "key position advising the
Premier and advising the
Archbishop in relationship
to matters such as this".
A spokeswoman for the
church said Fr Cappo would
not comment on Mr
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