Former teacher charged over child sex abuse of young student

A former teacher has been charged following an investigation into child sex offences alleged to have occurred at a school in Sydney’s south-west more than 40 years ago.

In 2017, detectives from Campsie Police Area Command commenced an investigation following allegations of sexual abuse at a primary school at Clemton Park in the early 1970s.

The allegations were raised at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 67-year-old man at a home at Woolooware about 7.30am today (Wednesday 31 July 2019).

He was taken to Sutherland Police Station and charged with five counts of assault female and commit act of indecency aged under 16 years and three counts incite female to act of indecency aged under 16 years.

Police will allege in court that the man, who was a teacher, indecently assaulted a female student, on numerous occasions while at school in 1974.

He was provided conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 15 August 2019.

Investigations are continuing.

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Police encourage any person who has been a victim of any kind of sexual violence, no matter how long ago the incident occurred, to contact police. Reports can be made at any police station.

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