Teacher struck off for as­sault­ing a col­league

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An East Auck­land teacher has been dereg­is­tered af­ter he sex­u­ally as­saulted a col­league.

In 2012, Wayne MacKay, a for­mer science teacher at Paku­ranga Col­lege, was ac­cused of put­ting his hand up a col­league’s skirt and touch­ing her gen­i­tals.

The Teach­ers Dis­ci­plinary Tri­bunal found MacKay guilty of se­ri­ous mis­con­duct.

Ev­i­dence the woman gave de­tailed an evening in Fe­bru­ary when the pair were pre­par­ing for a par­ents’ evening, and Mackay put his hand up her skirt.

The next day she com­plained to the prin­ci­pal, the po­lice, and the PPTA. The po­lice in­ter­viewed her, but de­cided not to pros­e­cute.

Paku­ranga Col­lege prin­ci­pal Michael Wil­liams says the school was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed in MacKay’s be­hav­iour and took im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

‘‘It was clear that this was an iso­lated in­ci­dent and stu­dents were not in­volved or at risk.

‘‘At Paku­ranga Col­lege we pride our­selves on pro­vid­ing a safe and sup­port­ive environment and will con­tinue to sup­port those af­fected by this in­ci­dent,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s un­for­tu­nate that it has taken so long for the is­sue to pro­ceed through the Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil dis­ci­plinary process.’’

The tri­bunal said if MacKay reap­plied for reg­is­tra­tion, he should be treated with pos­i­tive con­sid­er­a­tion, but only if he was be­lieved to be re­ha­bil­i­tated.

JARRED WIL­LIAMSON

De­spite a dip in re­ported bur­glar­ies and thefts, Sergeant Brett Meale re­minds the pub­lic to be alert to po­ten­tial sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

Wayne MacKay has been found guilty of a sex­ual as­su­alt he com­mit­ted in 2012.

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