St Kevin’s College director Stephen Russell (photo) wrote a glowing reference letter for convicted sex offender and former coach Peter Kehoe prior to his 2015 conviction
A running coach at one of Australia’s most exclusive private schools asked a 9-year-old student if he knew what ‘pre-cum’ was and sent him scary Facebook messages that said he loved him.
St Kevin’s College, a school of $ 19,000 a year in Melbourne, has been accused of choosing the victim with the coach because the director and dean of sports found glowing glowing character references for the convicted sex offender child.
The victim was student 9 of the Catholic School for Boys when his athletics coach Peter Kehoe started sending him disturbing messages on Facebook.
They included telling the boy that he loved him and said that his thighs were “beautiful” and that he was “the best since sliced bread.”
When the victim, now 20, said he had a Japanese oral presentation, Kehoe replied, “That’s not the only oral thing you should do.”
The schoolboy also said that Kehoe commented on chocolate milk dripping over his face, making him feel “tense.”
The most traumatic incident occurred one day after training, when Kehoe invited the boy to his house to view old yearbooks.
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Kehoe was convicted and sentenced to a community promotion in April 2015
Elite Melbourne private boys’ school St Kevin’s College (photo) has been accused of cleaning up with an athletics coach after allegations of childcare have been made by a student
Kehoe, the old boy of St. Kevin, led the boy to his bedroom and asked if he knew what “wet” was.
When the boy answered “no,” Keho replied that he could do it ‘lick it off whenever you want’.
“It was probably one of the scariest times of my life,” the boy told ABC’s Four corners.
The student only escaped the nervous situation when his mother called and Kehoe had to drive him home.
The boy and his mother went to the police after the incident and Kehoe was accused of counting a child under the age of 16.
The schoolboy left the school while the case was being dealt with in court.
Bravely discussing how he became a victim of childcare, he said “everything changed in my life” from the moment he interviewed the police.
His friend Ned O’Brien, who testified during the trial, also claims that he never heard about the incident from the school, except on the day of the trial.
Ned’s mother Jo O’Brien said the school had called to ask why her son was absent, and then headmaster called Stephen Russell to ask if Ned would wear his school blazer to court.
Athletic coach Peter Kehoe sent disturbing messages to the student of Year 9 (photo: models of the messages he sent)
Messages include the boy he loved and said his thighs were “beautiful” and that he was “the best since sliced bread”
“I thought … you really want to keep this quiet,” she said.
Both Ned and the victim’s families were destroyed to hear that Mr. Russell wrote a character reference for Kehoe after he was convicted.
Luke Travers, the dean of sport, also provided evidence to support Kehoe during the trial.
Travers wrote a character reference for Kehoe when he applied to another elite school in Melbourne after being informed of the charges against him.
“It is very special that a director, and in particular a sports dean, basically ignores the vulnerable student and supports an offender,” said the schoolboy Judy Courtin.
Luke Travers, the dean of sport, also provided evidence to support Kehoe during the trial
Kehoe was convicted and sentenced to a community promotion in April 2015. He was also placed on the sex offender register for eight years.
The school has issued a statement that “the care and development of students, staff, and the wider St. Kevin community is and has always been our first priority.”
“The actions of Peter Kehoe were completely unacceptable and St Kevin’s College strongly condemns them. After his conviction, he was immediately denied access to the school or had any contact with the college or her students, “it was said.
“For legal reasons, St Kevin’s College is unable to comment further at this time.”
Headmaster Stephen F. Russell said that he is receiving “professional advice” in a letter sent to parents with a warning about ABC’s exposure of the sky on February 17
Prior to the release of Four Corners’ exposé, Mr. Russell wrote a letter to parents warning him that the lecture would appear on the program but did not go into detail.
“Dear parents and guardians,” the letter provided to 3AW begins.
“We are aware that St Kevin’s College will be featured in an ABC Four Corners program. It will probably be broadcast on 17 February.
‘We thought it was important to inform our parents about this program.
“We are currently seeking professional advice and will be better able to respond and communicate with you again once we have seen the actual program.”
The leader of the prestigious Catholic school then promised that children would receive “support” in the aftermath of the television report.
“Our students will be supported and spoken the day after the program at addresses and meetings suitable for their age,” he continued.
St Kevin’s College Toorak, founded in 1918, is a leading Catholic boys’ school
“It would be inappropriate to comment further until then. In the meantime, you can be sure that, as always, caring for our students is our first priority. “
Last October St Kevin’s College got into controversy after a video surfaced of students singing a sexist song in a tram.
The school responded by immediately suspending the students involved, but a second video came to light several days later from students still performing an x-rated rap.
After the leaked videos had generated negative publicity, a former student spoke out against the “misogynistic culture” that he believed was deeply rooted in the boys’ school.
St Kevin’s College, founded in 1918, is a leading Catholic boys’ school in Toorak, the most expensive suburb of Melbourne.
The student filed a civil claim at the school last year.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted St Kevin’s College for comment.