Melbourne rector refrained from allegations of sexual assault

The principal of the Catholic high school Loyola College has been fired after being charged with alleged sexual crimes.

Joseph Favrin, who since 2008 has been principal of the Watsonia Joint School of Education in the north-east of Melbourne, was suspended on a temporary basis Friday, Victoria Institute of Teaching records show.

Joseph Favrin, who had worked as a principal at Loyola College.

Joseph Favrin, who had worked as a principal at Loyola College.Credit:

A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed that detectives from Mernda’s sexual crimes and child abuse team had charged a 67-year-old Mill Park man with two counts of sexual activity targeting a person and a charge of sexual exposure. The crimes allegedly happened in April.

It is not clear where the alleged offense took place.

In a letter to families, Marwin Austerberry, director general of the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools, said Favrin had been suspended by the Victorian Institute of Teaching in connection with a “personal case”.

“No college staff or students are involved,” Austerberry told the school community.

“Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools and Loyola College will not comment further on the temporary suspension.”

In 2020, Favrin was awarded an Australian Council for Educational Leaders Victoria Scholarship, which recognizes a significant contribution to educational leadership.

Favrin is due to appear in Heidelberg Magistrates Court on September 13.

Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools declined to comment further on the matter when contacted by Aging on Saturday.

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