Chris Dawson has been arrested, and will be charged with the murder of Lyn Dawson.

Chris Dawson has been arrested in Queensland, and will be charged with the murder of his wife, Lyn Dawson.

The 70-year-old former rugby league player was the focus of the 2018 true crime podcast The Teacher’s Pet which presented new leads in the case of Lyn Dawson, who hasn’t been seen since 1982.

On Wednesday morning, The Australian reported Dawson had been arrested and will be charged.

Lynette disappeared in early January 1982, when she was 33 years old.

At the time, her husband insisted she had left on her own accord, to join a “religious group” on the north coast.

But 36 years later, no one has seen or heard from Lynette, including her two daughters Shanelle and Sherryn. It has also emerged that Chris was not the gorgeous, doting husband he might have appeared to be from the outside. Many people who knew the Dawsons were aware that Chris was, in fact, engaged in a secret sexual relationship with one of his students, Joanne Curtis.

Mia Freedman speaks to Hedley Thomas, the host of The Teacher’s Pet. Post continues after audio. 

Listen here. 

As a physical education teacher at Cromer High, Chris Dawson was involved in a number of sexual activities with 16 and 17-year-old students. Sometimes, these encounters also included Chris’ twin brother Paul.


In 1980, when Joanne was just 16, Chris initiated a love affair with her. She started babysitting for his family, and in 1981, under the guise of trying to ‘help’ Joanne escape her tough home life, Chris moved Joanne into the family home.

Friends and family of Lynette believe Chris murdered his wife so he could be with Joanne.

In 2001 and 2003, two separate coronial inquests concluded Lynette was murdered by her husband, but Chris Dawson has never been charged for the crime.

But today, it appears he will be.

More to come.

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