CHARGED: A Coast deputy principal charged with child sex offences leaves court.
CHARGED: A Coast deputy principal charged with child sex offences leaves court.

Prominent deputy principal charged with child sex abuse

A PROMINENT Coast deputy principal accused of historic child sex offences remained in his position until he was charged last year.

The Gympie-born 59-year-old has been charged with eight child sexual offences all relating to the same girl who was under the age of 16 during some of the alleged crimes.

According to court documents sighted by the Daily, the alleged offences occurred in The Keppels, Newmarket, Hinchinbrook, and ended in Buderim.

The man spent four years living in Rockhampton between 1985 and 1989, before moving to Cairns and then the Sunshine Coast in 1992.

He was deputy principal of both a Sunshine Coast and North Queensland high school over the period of five years between July 3, 1989 and December 31, 1994, when he stands accused of single counts of attempted rape and unlawful exposure.

It's not believed the alleged victim was a student at either of the schools where he was working.

The man is also facing two counts each of indecent assault, indecent treatment of a child and indecent assault by object, part of body or contact between mouth and anus.

He will appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court again on June 8 for a committal mention.

A Department of Education spokesperson said there was "no higher priority" for the department than the "safety and wellbeing of students", but they were unable to comment further as the matter is before the courts.