Porn scandal student comes forward

THE student at the centre of the 2004 Naracoorte High School porn scandal has been identified as Craig Maria.

Mr Maria, now 25 and based in Mount Gambier, had his school internet account used to view pornographic material while he was a Year 10 student at the school.

At the time the school blamed Mr Maria, who received detentions and suspensions before it was discovered his account had been hacked by a teacher.

Mr Maria said his school life was completely destroyed and despite an apology from the principal of the time he dropped out of school.

After suffering his own personal struggles Mr Maria has turned his life around and now has a stable job in real estate and has a solid support network of family and friends around him.

In an attempt to seek full closure on the issue, he sought answers from the Education Department in late 2011. 

In February 2012 he was awarded a $30,000 settlement after signing a confidentiality clause and an agreement to not contact police.

Late last year he sought more answers but, after his correspondence to the government went unanswered, Mr Maria went to the media.

As a result a formal investigation was launched which saw the teacher, who was now based at a high school in Adelaide, told to stay away from work with pay.

That teacher has now been moved to a non-teaching role within the Education Department as a result of the findings of the investigation.

He will not face criminal charges as the material viewed was not of an illegal nature.

The deputy principal of Naracoorte High School in 2004 is also now under investigation by the Education Department as a result for his conduct a decade ago - where Mr Maria said he felt bullied and unfairly treated by the school leader.

Mr Maria has met with the Education Department chief Tony Harrison and Premier Jay Weatherill who told him he was committed to his cause.

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