The teacher sentenced this week for the indecent assault
of a boy was investigated by the Teachers' Council three years
David Russell Bond, 62, was sentenced in the Dunedin District
Court after he indecently assaulted a boy at Wanaka on May
He received four months' home detention and 100 hours'
community work and is to pay $4000 emotional harm reparation.
The Otago Daily Times sought comment from both the Ministry
of Education and the New Zealand Teachers' Council about
their involvement with Bond.
New Zealand Teachers Council director Dr Peter Lind said Bond
had signed a formal undertaking not to teach, and "is being
investigated by the council's complaints assessment committee
He confirmed the teacher had been investigated by the
committee in 2011, and "there was insufficient evidence to
revoke his practising certificate at that time".
The committee introduced rigorous monitoring of Bond's
interaction with pupils, which lasted for two years.
Ministry of Education enablement and support sector head
Katrina Casey said the ministry was advised at the start of
this year of the allegations of historic offending.
"Ministry staff have worked closely with [the] school where
Mr Bond was teaching when the investigation began.
"We are aware of the action the school is taking and can say
that it has sought appropriate advice and support, is taking
appropriate action as the current employer and following
their employment processes."
Bond had not been teaching at the school since the start of
All schools had employment processes in place to
appropriately manage situations such as this, she said.
Specialist advice was available to boards of trustees from
the New Zealand School Trustees' Association and they could
call on the ministry or take independent legal advice, she
The ministry treated seriously matters of sexual offending by
anyone working in a school or with pupils, and was available
to provide advice and support as needed.
"The two critical things from our perspective is that action
is taken when allegations are made to ensure no student in
the school setting is at risk and that the right employment
processes are followed to ensure a defensible and appropriate
A police spokeswoman said police evaluated all the
information provided and which led to the subsequent court
"As with any case, if we receive any further information that
we are able to act on, we will follow it up."
Police were pleased with the quick resolution of this case
for the victim's sake, she said.