A school teacher was charged in court yesterday with sexual abuse and committing an obscene act with a 15-year-old female student.
The 32-year-old bespectacled man is alleged to have had sex with her eight times and committed an obscene act on two occasions. In all, he faces 10 counts of sexual abuse.
The alleged offences occurred at various places, including his home and hotels, over a four-month period.
He is accused of committing the first obscene act by kissing and caressing her breasts in a bedroom at his Kensington Park condominium in September 2012.
The following month, he is said to have had consensual sex with her near the Rifle Range Camp at Rifle Range Road.
Between Oct 12 and Nov 30 that year, he allegedly had sex with her on five separate occasions: At Hotel Ibis on Bencoolen Street, V Hotel Lavender on Jellicoe Road, where another obscene act allegedly took place, at Rifle Range Road and an unknown location.
The last two charges accuse him of having sex with the girl at his home on Dec 10 and at an unknown location on Jan 11 last year.
His lawyer Roy Neighbour told the court he had just been briefed and asked for the case to be adjourned for him to make representations.
The accused, who got married last year, has been suspended from teaching.
He was ordered not to approach the victim, and is out on $20,000 bail.
If convicted of underage sex, he could be jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined on each charge.
The maximum penalty for committing an obscene act with a young person is a $10,000 fine and five years in jail on each charge. He will return to court on April 28.
This article was published on April 1.
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