Maths teacher banned after accusations of touching girl’s breasts
A SYDNEY maths teacher has been banned from working with children after being accused of trying to kiss and touch the breasts of a 14-year-old schoolgirl he had been tutoring at his home and the family church.
Despite charges against him being dismissed, the NSW Children’s Guardian was successful last week in convincing the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal to ban him.
The decision also followed evidence contained in an emotional letter the Year 8 girl had written to another teacher, apologising for failing to turn up to school because of her struggle to deal with being sexually and physically assaulted.
“Today is the day where I can’t handle everything,” she wrote. “I’m sorry, please don’t tell. I feel so broken and lost. Please forgive me.”
The Tribunal heard the man, known as “CMD”, was 39 years at the time he allegedly indecently assaulted and procured the schoolgirl over seven months between 2012 and 2013.
The alleged conduct included “taking the child’s shirt and bra off”, and “touching the child’s breasts”. The Tribunal heard the offences allegedly occurred at both the teacher’s home and at the local church where the schoolgirl was being tutored.
In September 2014, CMD was suspended, with police charging the man with two counts of common assault, one of indecent assault and one of procuring a child for unlawful sexual activity a month later.
However, the charges were dismissed after a criminal court was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt the conduct had occurred.
Despite the dismissal, the NSW Children’s Guardian moved to ban the man from working with children.
In banning the teacher, Tribunal Acting Judge Graham Mullane said there was a “strong possibility” that some of the conduct the girl had alleged during the tutoring occasions “did in fact occur”.