Suppression for teacher on child sex charges

School signA Canterbury teacher facing child sex charges dating back up to 26 years has been granted name suppression at the request of the police.

The 54-year-old man entered no pleas to 15 charges dating from 1990 to 1995 when he appeared before Judge Tom Gilbert in the Christchurch District Court today.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glenn Pascoe asked for an interim suppression order so that the prosecuting authorities could “get all their ducks in a row”.

Judge Gilbert granted the order but told the police they would have to be prepared to argue the issue in detail if they wanted suppression to continue at the man’s next appearance.

The man is charged with 15 offences involving one complainant at two different South Island locations, which are not in the area where he is now living.

The charges all involve a boy aged under 16, and are representative charges indicating the police allege the offence took place at least once in the specified period.

The man faces six charges of indecent assault and nine charges of sexual violation, alleging oral sex, anal sex, and anal digital penetration.

Judge Gilbert imposed bail conditions that the man live at a specified address, report weekly to the police, surrender his passport – which had already been done – not apply for travel documents, and not leave New Zealand.

He remanded the man for a further appearance in the Christchurch court on June 15.


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