But didn't Bill D'Arcy get a 15 year old girl pregnant?
On Saturday 29 August 1998 Bill D'Arcy woke up to see the front-page headline in the Courier Mail. — "ALP backbencher soon to face child sex abuse charges".
...Police are expected to charge a long-standing Labor member of the Queensland Parliament with serious sexual offences involving very young girls who were in his care. ...It is understood they (certain women) gave evidence corroborating the details of the first complainant.
There is further evidence that one of the girls became pregnant as a 14-year-old to the former headmaster and the child was adopted out.
Other teachers who were at the school at the time of the alleged offence have supplied the police with information.
The story, of course, had no foundation. Marie Doyle, the only other teacher at the school, in her recent videotaped interview asked the police (at the time) who was the girl and where was the DNA test? The police told her they were "dropping the charge".
A private investigator later spoke to a former police officer who had been responsible for policing the area where the supposed girl lived and the school was located. When it was rumoured that a teacher had got a girl pregnant, this policeman had investigated. He found the supposed girl was not a pupil at the local school where Bill taught, but attended a nearby high school. He also established there was no truth to the rumours.
THERE WAS NEVER ANY RETRACTION OR APOLOGY FOR THIS MONSTROUS LIE BY THE POLICE OR THE MEDIA. TO THIS DAY - NEVER.
Two questions - who supplied this unsupported TOTALLY fictitious story to the media. Why? Political purposes? Why didn't the trained journalists and editors at the Courier Mail carefully check their facts before publication?
Sorry to ask this question again - what possible chance did Bill D'Arcy have of a fair trial?