Accused wife killer Chris Dawson hit with fresh charges

Former teacher Chris Dawson is now facing new charges in relation to an alleged sexual relationship with a student in the 1980s.

The new charges come just hours after Dawson fronted court in Sydney where he formally pleaded not guilty to the murder of wife Lynette in 1982.

The 70-year-old attended Surry Hills Police Station shortly after his court appearance, where he was placed under arrest.


He was charged with carnal knowledge teacher of girl between the ages of 10 and 17.

The charges relate to a 16-year-old student.

The charges comes following an extensive investigation in allegations of sexual assaults and relationships between students and teachers on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in the 1970s and 80s.

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec says all sexual assaults are treated very seriously, no matter how much time has passed.

“We seek to find justice for each and every victim, to investigate their matters thoroughly, to ensure the person who offended is brought before the court and has answered for their criminal actions,”Det Supt Kerlatec said.

“This has been a very exhaustive investigation since July last year there’s been a number of lines of inquiry that we’ve followed but pieces of information have come forward from witnesses (and) people that have volunteered other information.

“It’s a very serious charge, it relates to a 1980s charge, hence the term carnal knowledge.”

Police say the investigation is still ongoing and are appealing for anyone with any further information to come forward.

Dawson has been granted strict conditional bail to front Downing Centre Local Court on August 8.