Source The Age: IN JANUARY last year, Mal Garvin was awarded the Order of Australia for ''service to the community'' and for ''the development of social welfare programs that support and guide young people, and as a broadcaster and author''.

Garvin, well-known in Melbourne a decade ago for his weekly religious radio broadcasts, is an evangelist who founded a youth program called Fusion in the 1960s. It now has branches throughout Australia and overseas.

Just months after receiving the award, the 68-year-old was displaying his medal and boasting about it at the bedside of a young woman who had tried to kill herself, allegedly to escape his sexual advances.

A few months after that, the spiritual leader quietly ''retired'' from the youth and community network he had built, after Fusion Australia's national executive found him guilty of ''inappropriate behaviour'' and ''errors of judgment'' with ''a vulnerable young woman''.
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