Prefects at a state-run Northam hostel "brutally" bashed junior students with the permission of the warden, who encouraged student bullying and threatened boys to perform homosexual acts on each other, alleged victims have revealed in shocking evidence to a special inquiry.
The Blaxell inquiry has already heard damning stories of students being routinely groomed and sexually abused during Dennis John McKenna's 15-year reign as warden at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning until 1991.
The convicted paedophile is now serving his second jail term for crimes against 11 boys.
Dennis McKenna at a debutante ball in July 1983.
Yesterday, the inquiry turned its attention to St Christopher's Hostel in Northam, in the state's Wheatbelt.
The evidence suggested a second predator had meddled with the boys' in his care for a prolonged period, in this case between 1963 and 1977.
At least a dozen former students claim Roy Wenlock would force boys to strip naked and wrestle with him, during which he would simulate sexual intercourse.
He was forced to resign in December 1977 following uproar from the parents of one alleged victim. Mr Wenlock was never charged and died in 2007 aged 75.
As his alleged abuse at St Christopher's came to an abrupt end, McKenna's was only just beginning.
The men shared striking similarities.
Both never married but claimed to have been previously engaged.
Neither was particularly social and they did not appear to have girlfriends or dates, the inquiry was told.
The men were highly respected in their communities – McKenna was twice named Katanning Citizen of the Year – and loved by majority of parents, who admired the strict regime they enforced on the hostel students.
They both regularly volunteered and were active members of their local churches.
They were described as having "Jekyll and Hyde" characters and boasted of having friends in high places.
The Country High Schools Hostels Authority identified them both as wardens of the highest quality.
On the flip side, both men habitually watched boys showering under a pretext and forced uniforms to be worn. They groomed students with treats and special privileges, ostracising and even ordering other boys to bullying those who challenged their behaviour.
Abused students were regarded as the men's favourites and were often made prefects, while disobliging boys were expelled without justification.
"He had absolute power over you," alleged victim Ted Thompson said of Mr Wenlock during the inquiry yesterday.
"He was extremely clever at being on good terms with all parents and I believe if you didn't play his game he would have made life very difficult for you."
Mr Wenlock referred to the "game" as wrestling. The students nicknamed it "bruting".
They were made to strip to their underwear – or in some cases replace it with a pair of leopard-print briefs – and straddle the warden who was lying on his back. He urged them to use all their strength to squeeze the muscles under his armpits while he bucked – thrusting his genitals into the boys' buttocks area.
"Sometimes it was exactly like being raped in a porno movie," a veteran police officer and alleged victim told the inquiry yesterday.
"I know that he orgasmed because he had to stop and wipe himself off. He'd lose interest after that."
Mr Thompson said students were ashamed of being chosen to participate in the sessions, which were widely known of among the boarders but rarely spoken about.
Students feared that if they complained to another adult they would not be believed due to Mr Wenlock's high reputation, and it would lead to other abuse and torment.
"You managed it the best way that you could and you just lived with it," Mr Thompson said.
Following his second incident of "wrestling", as a 13-year-old, Mr Thompson confided in a friend who told his father, a politician.
The now-deceased politician was yesterday praised for informing the local bishop who questioned Mr Thompson.
However, no further action was taken.
Another former student told the inquiry via a statement that before he went to live at the hostel he was warned by older students that he would be "fresh meat" for Wenlock, who had a preference for young, blonde boys.
In his first year at the hostel, as a 12- and 13-year-old, he was so severely caned by Mr Wenlock he could not hold things in his affected hand.
The warden threatened boarders that if they broke any hostel rule they would be forced to perform homosexual acts on each other, the student - known as P - told the inquiry. While no such acts were ever enforced, P said: "The intimidation or fear I felt of doing homosexual acts...".
But it wasn't only the warden who inflicted physical abuse on him.
A prefect forced him to stand at the end of his bed where he was repeatedly punched in the stomach and ribs.
"I fell on to the bed a couple of times," P said. "[The prefect] made me stand back up so he could continue to punch me.
"I was in so much pain."
His parents were so "horrified" by his injuries, including broken ribs and severe bruising, they confronted Mr Wenlock but did not remove him from the hostel.
The warden used the pretext of teaching P self-defence to lure him into a "wrestling" match, during which he was sexually assaulted.
"The situation Wenlock put me in was just awful," P's statement says.
"It's sick that the warden of a hostel of school-age boys would sit a 13-year-old on his erect penis.
"I felt awful, it was like my whole world had changed."
P said he was scared but did not tell anyone until after the second incident, during which Mr Wenlock locked the pair alone in a music room. He told his mother, who made a police complaint.
He told the inquiry he was interviewed by a detective who told him he had heard of Mr Wenlock's behaviour but that there was not enough evidence to charge him.
Mr Urquhart said the inquiry had been unable to verify the interview because most police records from the mid-1970s had been destroyed.
Similar evidence of police officers failing to act on allegations of abuse by McKenna was given during hearings related to the Katanning hostel.
Other authority figures, including hostel board chairman Keith Stephens who discovered his son in bed with McKenna but did not report the incident after being threatened, also were accused of or admitted not acting on complaints or suspicions.
The inquiry before retired Supreme Court justice Peter Blaxell also is examining possible abuse at Craig House in Bunbury during the 1970s and Hardie House in South Hedland during the 1980s.
Anyone with information relating to any of the hostels can contact the inquiry on 1800 227 792 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The inquiry continues today and is due to report by July 18.