School teacher charged over sexual assault of student

A Western Sydney school teacher has been charged with 10 offences following an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a student.

Earlier this week, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 14-year-old male student had been sexually assaulted by a female teacher while at a school in Sydney’s west.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested a 23-year-old woman at a home at Greenacre about 7am today (Friday 10 July 2020).

Shortly after, a search warrant was executed at the home, where officers seized a vehicle and electronic devices.

The woman was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with aggravated sexual intercourse child between 14 and 16 years (x5), intentionally sexually touch child between 10 and 16 years (x2), intentionally incite child between 10 and 16 years sexual touch, aggravated intentionally do sexual act with child between 10 and 16 years, and aggravated incite child between 10 and 16 years do sexual act to them.

Police will allege in court that the woman sexually assaulted a male student on several occasions while at a school in Sydney’s west.

She was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court tomorrow (Saturday 11 July 2020).

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, Detective Acting Superintendent Michael Haddow, said the best way to keep children safe is to maintain open communication about their activities.

“NSW Police would strongly encourage parents and carers to have regular conversations with their children about who they are meeting with and speaking to on social media,” Det A/Supt Haddow said.

“With the number of online communication applications increasing, it is very important to reaffirm the dangers associated with online conversations.

“If they encounter something or someone they are not comfortable with, we encourage them to speak to a person they trust, who can then let our investigators know,” Det A/Supt Haddow said.

Investigations are continuing.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

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