Family Court expert charged with child sex abuse
An expert used by the Family Court in custody disputes involving allegations of child sexual abuse has been charged with the very same offences.
The psychologist, who has been charged with the sexual abuse of three children, was appointed by the Family Court to make recommendations concerning custody in cases where one parent accused the other of sexual abuse.
The offences are alleged to have occurred many decades ago.
According to family law expert Professor Patrick Parkinson of the University of Queensland said a conviction would “absolutely” give grounds to overturn custody rulings linked to the psychologist.
“The fact that a [an expert] has been convicted would in my view amount to, in itself, sufficient changed circumstances for the court to look at the case again — in the light of the current circumstances of the child,” Professor Parkinson said.
One mother said the psychologist implied she may not be satisfying her husband sexually, and that abuse would not mean the father couldn’t have a relationship with their daughter.
“He was kind of overly physical with me. He kept touching my arm and my leg. It made me feel creeped out. He said weird things. He kept telling me that he knew about real paedophiles and that they would show up on [psychometric] tests,” Greta, whose name has been changed, told the ABC.
The accused remains on bail and the matter has been adjourned to October.
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