Former Perth teacher Aurelio Gallo, accused of ‘grooming’ Bridget Malcolm, puts house up for sale

A man who is banned from teaching in two states after he was found to have engaged in “grooming-like behaviour” with an ex-student has relisted his Queensland home for sale.

The news of Aurelio Gallo’s potential move comes as former students in Western Australia are encouraged to come forward if they have information about him.

The music teacher lost his teaching licence in WA for at least three-and-a-half years last month after he was found to have engaged in “serious misconduct” with model Bridget Malcolm when she was his student at Methodist Ladies’ College and after she graduated in 2007.

Model Bridget Malcolm came forward with a complaint about Aurelio Gallo. Instagram
Camera IconModel Bridget Malcolm came forward with a complaint about Aurelio Gallo. Instagram Credit: Supplied

The State Administrative Tribunal said in its findings released last week that the alleged grooming included asking her to send him photos and meet him for dinner.

Mr Gallo, 53, has lived in Queensland for the past eight years and was stood down by John Paul College in Brisbane after the school learnt about the SAT decision, pending an investigation.

The Queensland College of Teachers has also suspended him.

According to property records, his $1.3m Queensland home was listed for sale on the same day the SAT decision was released.

The massive 4200 sqm property has four bedrooms and a large pool.

It has been listed as part of a potential development site.

His $1.3m Queensland home was listed for sale on the same day the SAT decision was released. Picture: realestate.com.au
Camera IconThe $1.3m Queensland home was listed for sale on the same day the SAT decision was released. realestate.com.au Credit: Supplied

Meanwhile, former Mercy College students in Perth are being urged to contact police if they have any relevant information about Mr Gallo, who also previously taught at that school.

Principal Lisa Fogliani said in the letter that while the school had never received any complaints against Mr Gallo, the college wanted to be “proactive”.

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“As the former music teacher, who has been named as the subject of the allegations, was employed at Mercy College prior to his employment at MLC, it is important for former students who attended the college between 1992 and 2002 to be aware of this information,” she said.

“While Mercy College has never received any reports regarding behaviour of this nature regarding the former teacher, a learning from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse … is that we need to be proactive in advising the college community, alumni included, in all matters involving the safety of students past and present.

Ms Malcolm says she is proud of herself for coming forward. Instagram
Camera IconMs Malcolm says she is proud of herself for coming forward. Instagram Credit: Supplied

“If you are aware of information that may be of importance to the investigation, you are asked to kindly contact WA Police.

“I encourage you to contact me directly if this information raises concerns for you.”

Ms Malcolm, 30, has spoken out about the alleged grooming behaviour.

The model, who has appeared in Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, said she had “no idea” his behaviour was inappropriate at the time, describing him as a “fantastic” teacher.

“I thought I had a mentor,” she told ABC radio this week.

Ms Malcolm said she initially had no idea his behaviour was inappropriate. Instagram
Camera IconMs Malcolm said she initially had no idea his behaviour was inappropriate. Instagram Credit: Supplied

“I think the nature of these sorts of dynamics is that when you’re in it you don’t realise how unbalanced it is.

“It was when I got a bit older and when the tone of the conversation began to change that was when I started to realise what had been happening, and I started to have feelings and reactions to it.

“I carried a lot of self-blame, I carried a lot of guilt, I carried a lot of shame.”

Ms Malcolm said she was proud of herself for coming forward and felt “incredibly supported”.

Mr Gallo admitted he engaged in serious misconduct and it was inappropriate, but denied engaging in grooming behaviour.

John Paul College principal Karen Spiller the safety of students was paramount.

“Upon learning of this (SAT) decision, John Paul College took immediate steps to stand Mr Gallo (Head of Performing Arts) down while we investigate this matter further,” she said.

“While we are not aware of any allegations from current or past JPC students, anyone with any concerns is encouraged to contact the principal.

“We acknowledge the courage of the West Australian alumni for coming forward and raising this matter.”

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