Occasionally, when she left the sessions, he would hug her goodbye.
Then in 2000, the teacher began emailing a fourth student, also at the second school, about once a week for several months.
In one email he wrote: “Where do you go my lovely — when you’re alone in your head?”
In another he said: “We don’t have that long to talk when we are at school so perhaps we should arrange another time when we can talk longer.”
The student did not meet with him outside of school hours.
The teacher has now admitted his role in “grooming behaviour” and “serious misconduct” against the four students, and agreed he was unfit to be registered.
The documents also state the teacher “has reflected on the incidents that gave rise to the conduct and accepts that, nowadays, giving students hugs and a massage in the circumstances described are inappropriate acts,” and has “shown insight into his actions”.
The teacher has been disqualified from applying for registration for a period of five years.
WA independent victims advocate Nicki Hide often deals with historic cases when supporting people in court and said on average it took victims of childhood sexual assault 22 years to come forward.
“We are seeing more people reporting these kinds of cases now which is excellent,” she said.
“There is more awareness around these kinds of cases, and often people are hearing about others who have experienced similar things and recognising what they went through was also a form of abuse.
“That is why it can sometimes take so long for child abuse to be reported … reading similar stories can spur them into action … but they have to be ready to speak out.”
Hide said she did not believe simply suspending a teacher’s license for five years was enough, and anyone who was charged should “never be allowed to teach again”.
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