Teacher struck off for assaulting a colleague
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.
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.