Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Brisbane on Monday, February 17, 2014.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Brisbane on Monday, February 17, 2014. THURTELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Dad feels guilt over daughter's sexual abuse by teacher

A HEARTBROKEN father has told a hearing of the daily guilt he feels after his daughter was sexually abused at the hands paedophile teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes.

The father, who can only be identified as KH, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse Responses on Monday about the trauma the abuse has caused his family.

His daughter, who can only be identified as KQ, was one of 13 girls Byrnes abused over a two year period at a Toowoomba primary school.

"KH is now 15-years-old and wants to forget about the whole thing," he said.

"She hates talking about the matter."

The father, who read his statement from an adjoining court room, said his daughter had made further disclosures since his initial statement to police in November 2008.

"KH has told me she remembers Byrnes rubbing the inside of her leg," he said.

"It concerns me other kids were abused by Byrnes over the next year or so after we raised the issue with the school in 2007.

"I still feel immense guilt over the matter."

The father said the family decided not to pursue any compensation claim as they wanted to get on with their lives.


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