Sydney radio station 2GB’s Alan Jones sent love letters to schoolboys, had boys in his room late at night and perved on them in the shower when he was a teacher at The King’s School in Sydney in the early 1970’s. This behaviour led to Alan Jones’ forced resignation in 1973.
That type of conduct would be considered grooming today and the police would be called for sure. And if it was anyone but Alan Jones the matter of the forced resignation by The King’s School would have been given a start at the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Jonestown: The Power and The Myth of Alan Jones – Author: Investigative journalist Chris Masters
Extract as written in the SMH regarding Alan Jones time teaching at The King’s School 1970-73:
“By 1973 Alan’s impassioned support of some and lack of empathy for others became too great an issue to be ignored. There was deepening anxiety about continued late-night excursions to Jones’s room. Chris Simkin was often in the room with Alan until late at night. “I was in there for hours. The door was never locked.” Simkin says they used to watch The Ernie Sigley Show on television.”
“Scott Walker, another constant visitor, began to feel violated. “If you had muscle strain he would insist on strapping your legs. He would take you into the shower and tell you to take your clothes off. I was shattered with awkwardness. It was weird and uncomfortable and seemed voyeuristic.”
“Housemate Brian Porter says: “I never saw a breach of fiduciary duty. I never saw evidence of predatory behaviour. But he was manipulative and voyeuristic. He would love watching athletes on television and film. He saw the beauty of the human form in full flight. He loved the strength, the freshness and the vitality of boys.”
“Disquiet about Jones’s attachment to some boys grew during a term break when one of the masters found a letter, written by Jones to a boy, that had been left behind in a classroom desk. In it Alan spoke of thinking about the boy late at night, expressing his love. While love letters to boys were hardly appropriate, neither were they regarded as smoking gun evidence of misbehaviour.” (Click here o read more)
If a teacher had children is his room late at night on a regular basis nowadays the school would have no choice but to ring the police. The police would also need to be called if a teacher was sending love letters to schoolboys and making boys take their clothes off to shower so the teacher could have a perve.
Alan Jones has never answered the allegations made against him while he was a teacher at The King’s School. A Sydney school teacher was charged with child grooming this week. So why not Alan Jones? Or at least the Royal Commission should investigate given it involves a school cover-up.
Alan Jones and Margaret Cunneen
Alan Jones conduct at The King’s School might help explain his strange support for Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. As I previously wrote Cunneen has a history of helping sweep paedophile allegations under the carpet in the Scott Volkers matter. (Click here to read more)
And if recent reports are correct then anyone supporting Cunneen is looking rather stupid to say the least because the NSW DPP has had to transfer a matter to the Crown Solicitor’s office. This is because of Margaret Cunneen’s relationship with Steve Fletcher who is facing criminal charges.
Back in April Sydney radio station 2GB’s Alan Jones went hard defending NSW Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen against corruption allegations made by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
Alan Jones and Chris Merritt on 2GB Monday April 20, 2015 (Click on the audio below to listen)
Alan Jones interviewed The Australian newspaper’s Legal Affairs editor Chris Merritt a couple of days after the High Court handed down its judgment in the Margaret Cunneen / ICAC matter.
They went hard attacking ICAC and defending Margaret Cunneen. It was a pathetic performance by both of them, shows what grubs they are and highlights what contempt they have for their own audience.
One of the key witnesses Jones and Merritt use in their attack on ICAC is former corrupt ALP politician Graham Richardson. Mr Richardson is currently under investigation by ICAC which surprises no one given Richardson’s history. Alan Jones and Chris Merritt did not even mention once in their 17 minute interview that their mate and fellow employee Graham Richardson was under investigation by ICAC. Jones and Merritt should both be sacked by their employers.
Alan Jones’ book signings for alleged murderers and drug dealers Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara
In 2009 Alan Jones launched the book “The Dark Side” for career criminal and former police officer Roger Rogerson. When this was raised again last year when Rogerson was charged with murder and drug dealing Alan Jones tried to distance himself from Rogerson. Jones said he did not know Rogerson and was only at the book signing at the request of the book publisher.
And who else was at Rogerson’s book signing? None other than Alan Jones’ other good friend Margaret Cunneen. What a small world.
There’s two problems there for Jones. Firstly, according to journalist Peter Fitzsimons, Jones did an interview with Rogerson ten or so years ago. So Jones can hardly say that he didn’t know Rogerson in 2009. And secondly, about six months later in 2010, Jones was at a book launch for Glen McNamara.
Both Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson are in jail awaiting trial for murder and drug dealing regarding the same matter. Alan Jones claims that he does not know Rogerson is a lot harder to believe when you know the facts.
One of the things that hit me when listing to the Alan Jones interview/rant above was when Chris Merritt said to Alan Jones: “Your friend Graham Richardson” or words to that effect. I thought surely Jones wouldn’t be friends with someone as dodgy as Graham Richardson. A quick search revealed not only are they friends but they have a talk show together on Sky News called Richo & Jones.
Cash for Comment
It is well-known that you can buy Alan Jones opinion, it’s just a matter of how much. That was revealed in the cash for comment scandal is 1999 which was “paid advertising in radio that is presented to the audience in such a way as to sound like editorial commentary”.
“John Laws and Alan Jones had been paid to give favourable comment to companies including Qantas, Optus, Foxtel, Mirvac and major Australian banks, without disclosing this arrangement to listeners.” (Click here to read more) Both Richo & Jones had their snouts in the trough for the Cash for Comment scandal as it turned out. So they go way back when it comes to corruption.
The cash for comment matter is important because it shows how Alan Jones works without ethics, integrity or respect for his listeners. It also suggests strongly that Alan Jones’ reporting of Margaret Cunneen and Roger Rogerson have been done with some benefit for Alan Jones.
The relationship with Roger Rogerson would have been handy if someone wanted a police investigation stopped. And the relationship with NSW Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen could help if you wanted to make sure someone was not charged with a crime.
Alan Jones has history of having criminal charges dropped when he was in England in the 1980’s and was charged with ‘outraging public decency’ and ‘committing an indecent act’.
There is nothing to explain Alan Jones’ relationships with people with dodgy reputations unless he wants something dodgy in return.
I followed the Rolf Harris matter very closely and to me the Australian media give Alan Jones the Rolf Harris treatment. The mainstream media won’t go anywhere near Alan Jones’ time at The King’s School the same way they would not name Rolf Harris. If it wasn’t for Chris Masters there is a whole side of Alan Jones we would never know.
The question I’m left wondering is: Is Alan Jones another Rolf Harris?
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