A police officer cannot recall seeing a statement that could have led to the arrest of a bus driver whose Adelaide home was searched for photos of naked boys, the royal commission into child sex abuse has heard.
Detective Sergeant Leonid Mosheev said he had no memory of the statement referring to the sexual activities of Brian Perkins when he went to search his home on August 21, 1991.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told a former student of Adelaide’s St Ann’s Special School made a statement on August 17, 1991 at the police station where Det Sgt Mosheev worked.
But on Tuesday the detective said his recollection was that he searched Perkins’ home after having very limited information from an anonymous tip-off that he had photos of nude boys.
Perkins, a bus driver and volunteer at the school for children with intellectual disabilities, was arrested in 1993, but later skipped bail and was not extradited back to South Australia until 2002.
In 2003, he pleaded guilty to sex charges related to boys at the school and was sentenced to 10 years jail, where he died in 2009.
Det Sgt Mosheev said there was a photograph developing room in Perkins’ unit, nude photos of adults and children’s double bunks in a room, despite the bus driver living alone.
Police seized two canisters of film, later found to contain images of two naked boys from the school.
The August 17 statement was from a former student who went back to the school and was asked by Perkins to attend his place for photos.
She said he took topless photos of her, said he had taken photos of a male student and asked if he could take pictures of both of them in a sexual situation.
Det Sgt Mosheev said if he had seen the statement, it would have been open for him to arrest Perkins on the day of the search.
The hearing continues.