Principal fired after police raid
WARREN OWENS. Sunday Telegraph. Surry Hills, N.S.W.:Nov 26, 2006. p. 27
A SYDNEY church school principal has been sacked and police asked to investigate child pornography allegedly found on his office computer.
Detectives attached to Wetherill Park police station executed a search warrant at the principal's office at St Hurmizd's Assyrian Primary School, a senior
officer confirmed last week. Detectives seized the computer hard drive there and a computer at the principal's Smithfield home.
Principal Wayne Pettiford (pictured), who denies the allegations told The Sunday Telegraph he had been dismissed by the school.
"It didn't work out," he commented on Friday.
Police experts were forensically examining the computers to ascertain the source and nature of images found on the hard drive, one officer said.
A priest of the Assyrian Church of the East, Father Genard Lazar, contacted police over his concerns several weeks ago, according to parents of children at
The Greenfield Park school is operated by the church, which is located alongside it. Both cater for Sydney's 40,000-strong Assyrian population. Mr Pettiford, a former
Catholic school teacher and principal, was the school's inaugural headmaster when it opened four years ago.
His welcoming note to parents was still available on the school's website on Friday, though any pictures of him had been removed.
Mr Pettiford said he knew police had taken his home computer, but he was not aware his school computer had also been seized.
Mr Pettiford denied any knowledge of child pornography on his office computer.
"You've got to be kidding," he said. "It's disgusting."
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