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Friday, May 22, 2015

Sydney teacher Alexander Gollan arrested

Alex Gollan was arrested on Wednesday night, seven months after police searched his Condell Park home.  A teacher and deputy principal of Homebush Public School, he was charged with allegedly grooming a 9 year old girl for sex on Facebook and 14 counts of possessing child pornography.

He was released on strict bail conditions and will face court on 30 June 2015.

The girl's family were diligent enough to discover what was happening on their daughter's computer and reported it to police in September 2014.

The Education Department said he was removed from school and assigned alternative non-teaching duties as soon as the department were aware of concerns and he complied with the necessary Working With Children check.

But Alexander Gollan swears he is innocent.  He claims he was framed by right-wing extremists who planned to set him up and that the child pornography was sent to him by his enemies.

So who are these enemies?  Mr Gollan devotes his spare time to writing anti-bogan, anti-discrimination and anti-racist material and once sold stickers and Tshirts promoting his cause. He says the haters sent him the child porn with a note that said "we know you love this shit" hoping to ruin his career and brand him as a paedophile.

Asked about his alleged online conversation with the young girl he said investigators misunderstood the meaning of what he said.  "I said things that I say verbatim to adults, I said 'stop being cute' but I say stuff like that to adults, obviously it's triggered warning bells, I was here alone, I wasn't grooming."

Mr Gollan said he wanted to return to his role as assistant principal as soon as possible.  "I've been in the same industry for a long time.  It's an absolutely awful feeling, I've been throwing up."

None of his alleged victims were linked to the Homebush Primary School.