A 28-year-old female schoolteacher from South Australia reportedly faced court on Wednesday 4 May 2022 over child sex offences alleged to have occurred in November 2021. According to one report, the prosecutor for the child requested a further 12 weeks to analyze electronic evidence and meet with the alleged victim and family. The matter will return to court in July 2022.
The woman is believed to have been arrested in Port Augusta on 23 December 2021 and charged with communicating with a child for the purpose of making the child amenable to sexual activity. If convicted, the woman could face up to 10 years imprisonment under South Australia’s Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935.
According to reports, a letter was sent to parents from the principal of the Port Augusta West Primary School advising parents that the teacher had worked at the school as a relief teacher for one day in July 2020. The teacher first appeared in court on 14 February 2022 in relation to the alleged offence.
The letter further stated that the alleged incident did not involve students from that school, with the letter meant to remain confidential. The principal had asked parents not to distribute the letter via social media or online. The letter also advised parents that the teacher was under bail conditions preventing her from engaging in any child-related work.
According to another report, a second school contacted the parents of students advising them that the teacher had worked at the school for a year.
The allegations have left reportedly left the mayor of a country community reeling after the shock revelations, with the mayor saying they must wait for the court to do its job.
If this story has raised concerns for you or someone you know, you can call 1800 RESPECT or visit the website https://www.1800respect.org.au/
If a child or someone else is in danger of experiencing sexual violence you can report it to the police at Policelink on 131 444 or online.