Teacher struck off register after indecent assault

Last updated 12:25 05/03/2013

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A Christchurch music teacher who indecently touched three schoolgirls in 2010 has finally been struck off the teachers' register.

Alistair Martin Sands admitted five indecent-assault charges involving three girls when he appeared at a Christchurch District Court session in August 2011. He was 53 at the time.

He floated around the Queen Elizabeth II Park pool's lazy river on December 6, 2010, while about 50 school pupils were using the pool.

Sands stroked the outside of three girls' thighs as he passed them several times.

He was ordered to pay $3000 in fines and $1750 in reparations for the offences and was sentenced to nine months of supervision.

Teachers' Council tribunal chairman Kenneth Johnston said it appeared Sands had accepted that he would be struck off the register.

"In his most recent letter to the registrar, after expressing, in somewhat sarcastic terms, his apparent frustration as to the process, which is of course designed to ensure that disciplinary proceedings are conducted fairly, he makes it clear that his own expectation is that his registration will be cancelled.''

Johnston said cancelling Sand's registration was the only ''realistic'' outcome.

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