A former teacher at one New Zealand's top secondary schools
has pleaded not guilty to a charge of committing an indecent
act in a classroom at the school.
The man, whose name is suppressed until his next appearance
later this month, has elected to face trial in front of a
judge-only, without a jury.
The name of the school he worked at also remains suppressed
until then although the Auckland District Court heard today
that the school no longer seeks suppression of its name or
supports the man's suppression. He had worked there for more
than a decade.
Community Magistrate Dianne Hales gave all parties time to
clarify their positions on the matter and defence lawyer
Richard Earwaker said he would apply for continued name
suppression at the man's next court appearance.
The teacher was remanded at large, meaning he is not subject
to bail conditions.
The alleged act happened in June last year and man was
suspended by the school before resigning the following month.
Meanwhile, police have indicated they will withdraw a second
charge of committing an indecent act laid over the alleged
The NZ Teachers Council has confirmed the man has signed a
voluntary undertaking not to teach, but has been suspended
"We know about the charges and our disciplinary investigation
will be completed, a tribunal hearing conducted and a
decision handed down after the criminal processes are
completed," a council spokesman has said.
"In criminal charges of this kind we wait for the criminal
process to run its course."
- Jimmy Ellingham of APNZ