Disgraced Ex-Knox Teacher Allegedly Flees Home, Fails To Show At Royal Commission For Sexual Abuse

The news emerging from the Royal Commission into sexual abuse concerning eight teachers from prestigious Sydney private school Knox Grammar has been harrowing at best, absolutely horrifying at worst. The public inquiry began on Monday, and will seek to uncover the sordid history of sexual abuse that took place at Knox Grammar over three decades – from 1970 to 2003 – with evidence being brought forward from former students, teachers and parents.

Today, a new twist has emerged in the inquiry, as The Sydney Morning Herald reports that former Knox Grammar teacher Chris Fotis has failed to present himself to give evidence at the Royal Commission in Sydney on Tuesday, and has now been issued with an arrest warrant. Fotis was dismissed from the school in 1989, following charges of public masturbation in front of a local school. SMH reports that Fotis, who lives in Nelson Bay on the north coast of NSW, has not been seen at his home for up to five days.

Fotis has also been accused of groping a student in the school’s boarding house while wearing a balaclava in the late 1980’s before his dismissal from the school. His failure to show at the court, is—apart from being an offense—in a word, cowardly (as all hell).

Fotis was reportedly the secretary of a Nelson Bay tennis club – the club’s president Rod Stubbs described Fotis as a social outcast to SMH: “He didn’t have too many friends…He was only
secretary of the club for three months and then we asked him to step
down. It was unrelated to this, but he just didn’t get on with people.”

The Royal Commission continues in Sydney, with rolling evidence being shown to the court. More on this story as it happens.

Via SMH.
Lead image via Knox Grammar.