Parents in shock after principal of a prestigious Catholic school is charged with sex crimes
- A Melbourne school principal has been charged over alleged sexual offences
- Loyola College principal Joseph Favrin has been on leave for a number of weeks
- On Friday, parents were sent letter informing them he is suspended from role
The principal of a co-educational Catholic school has been stood down after being charged with sexual crimes.
Joseph Favrin, principal of Loyola College in Melbourne‘s north-east since 2008, was suspended on an interim basis on Friday, records from the Victoria Institute of Teaching show.
He had gone on leave from the school weeks earlier with the acting principal telling the school community he was ‘attending to a personal matter’.
Many staff, parents and students were unaware of the situation and were ‘stunned’ when an email was sent on Friday afternoon by the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools informing them.
Loyola School Principal Joseph Favrin (pictured) has been stood down by the teaching regulator, parents were told in an email on Friday
The letter said Mr Favrin had been stood down by the teaching regulator but did not mention any charges, the Herald Sun reported.
Victoria Police confirmed detectives have charged a 67-year-old Mill Park man.
‘The man has been charged by Mernda sexual offences and child abuse team detectives with two counts of sexual activity directed at a person and one charge of sexual exposure,’ police said.
It is understood the alleged crimes occurred in April are not linked to staff or students at the school, in the suburb of Watsonia.
Mr Favrin will face Heidelberg Magistrates Court on September 13.
The school in Melbourne’s north-east (pictured) is a Catholic co-educational private school which charges up to $10,000-a-year