Man sentenced over watching teens have sex

Last updated 13:28 15/03/2013

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A former Tauranga secondary schoolteacher who paid two teenagers to let him watch them have sex has been sentenced to 100 hours' community service.

Andrew Loader, 49, who taught at Otumoetai College, was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court today, after earlier pleading guilty to entering into a contract for sexual services with a person under 18.

Loader agreed to pay a total of $240 to watch an 18-year-old Tauranga youth have sex with his then 16-year-old girlfriend at Loader's home on two occasions, Sunlive website reported from the police summary of facts.

Loader and the youth - a former Otumoetai College student - communicated by Facebook in November last year, arranging that Loader would pay $120 to watch the couple.

The couple met Loader on November 3 and November 10, and were paid $120 each time, police said.

The offending came to light after the young man's mother read what had happened on her son's Facebook page and contacted police, Sunlive reported.

During sentencing, Loader's lawyer, Craig Horsley, told Judge Paul Geoghegan his client had already suffered the consequences of his decision.

"He made a judgmental error but it was the man who approached Loader with the idea and not the other way around," Sunlive reported.

"After discussing the idea with his girlfriend the man approached Loader who agreed to the contract."

Loader, a former head of business at Otumoetai College, resigned when the offending came to light.

Judge Geoghegan described Loader's offending as a serious error in judgment and sentenced him to 100 hours' community work.

"Your former principal describes you as a good and conscientious teacher," the judge said.

"You have gone from holding a respected teaching position to being on the sickness benefit with no reasonable prospect of employment in your chosen profession."

The Teachers Council is investigating.

Otumoetai College said earlier than no student was put at risk.

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