September 10, 2007 12:00am
A SCHOOL counsellor employed by the Government to help teenage girls has supported a pedophile in court, describing Gary Faux as caring and loving to his victims.Heatherhill Secondary College student welfare co-ordinator Robyn Hughes appeared in the County Court on behalf of Faux, who admitted sexually abusing two schoolgirls.
"He cared about them and he loved them," Ms Hughes said during a pre-sentence plea hearing before Judge Jeanette Morrish.
Ms Hughes, who also sits on the Heatherhill school council, is a friend of Faux and told the court she was not concerned he may have been manipulating the girls.
Ms Hughes told Judge Morrish that dealing with young people's problems was her specific role at Heatherhill Secondary College, where she was acting assistant principal when she gave evidence.
"He shared things about himself with the girls, personal things about himself that he wouldn't share with anyone he didn't care about," she said.
Ms Hughes told the court she thought Faux believed he was "having an equal relationship with the girls".
"I didn't think he felt he was in a position of power in that relationship. I think he cared for them as any relationship does," she said.
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