Royal Commission to hear about 2011 YMCA child abuse

THE Royal Commission will hear about the circumstances surrounding a child sexual abuse case at a New South Wales YMCA branch in 2011, during hearings starting today.

Two weeks of public hearings will start on Monday into the case of a former childcare worker convicted of child sexual abuse earlier this year.

The man, Jonathan Luke Lord, was reportedly sentenced in January to a 10-year prison term over charges related to the sexual assault of boys aged six to 11 in 2011.

It is understood the man groomed the children during and outside of his role as a YMCA child care worker in NSW, before being arrested and charged in October 2011.

Lord was convicted on more than 20 charges related to the sexual assaults in January after originally pleading guilty during court hearings in November 2012.

The Royal Commission hearings will examine the circumstances surrounding Lord's employment at the YMCA, and the training and supervision policies in place at the time and since the case.

It will also look at the response of both the YMCA and NSW police to allegations regarding the case and any other related matters.


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