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Kingsley's story

Kingsley was diagnosed with cerebral problems as a child. His parents were advised by health professionals to enrol him in a special school for his education, but chose to put him through the mainstream system.

In the early 1980s Kingsley started Year 8 at a Christian Brothers’ boarding school in Queensland, and was befriended by Brother Jeremy O’Drydan. The Brother seemed concerned for his welfare, and gave him money and invited him on trips.

Over a short period of time, O’Drydan began sexually abusing Kingsley – starting with ‘tickling’ and massages, and progressing to masturbation and oral sex. O’Drydan told him ‘this is between us as what men and boys do’. The following year Kingsley changed to a different school.

A few years later Kingsley returned to the Christian Brothers school as a visitor and found O’Drydan was now principal. He then hatched a plan to confront O’Drydan and record ‘his guilt’, and hid a mini tape recorder on his body for this purpose. However, the recorder didn’t work and O’Drydan told Kingsley that the abuse ‘was a one off thing’ and ‘something special’.

Following this interaction Kingsley had further regular contact with O’Drydan. He visited the Brother at his unit at the school, where movie and pizza nights were held for students. Boys would sleep on the floor of the unit, and on at least one occasion Kingsley saw O’Drydan in bed with a boy in his early teens.

From his interactions with O’Drydan and their trips away, Kingsley came to the view that the Brother was part of a paedophile ring.

Kingsley believes he became an unwitting participant in O’Drydan’s offending by complying with his request to transport a child to some ‘old boys’. When he returned several days later, the child was ‘completely dirty all over’, ‘smelled terribly’ and hugged him, refusing to let him go.

When asked about what had happened to the boy, O’Drydan said ‘he would look into’ it.

‘I look back now and see a very vicious sexual predator.’

Kingsley spoke to the Commissioner from prison, where is serving a sentence for child-sex offences. He maintains his innocence, and that he is the victim of a ‘cover up’ involving lawyers, police and others. He continues to write letters to organisations and agencies protesting his innocence. Estranged from his wife and children, he continues to be supported by his mother and sister.

At around the same time as Kingsley’s first conviction in the 1990s, he reported the abuse by O’Drydan to police. Kingsley said that after a lengthy investigation during which many other victims came forward with complaints against O’Drydan, all charges were dropped and the matter didn’t proceed to trial.

Kingsley continues to seek to have his own case as well as that pertaining to his complaint about O’Drydan re-examined.

‘All I want to do is just get on with my life, be with my children – or my youngest daughter; my eldest daughter I haven’t seen in 14 years. There’s certain things I just want to move on and I want to bring down this man and his group because Queensland is too corrupt in its own nature, and there’s just so much in there.

‘And I’ve always believed that what [Brother] Jeremy had done with me with grooming through the years and later years, I got so infatuated with believing every word he said pretty much, and that hurts me. It really hurts me.’

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