Alleged paedophile's school still secret

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 10:04 29/05/2013

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The name of an Auckland school where a teacher is accused of indecently assaulting children has been further suppressed after an application by the school's board of trustees.

The teacher, aged in his late 60s, pleaded not guilty in the High Court today to 11 charges.

Police alleged he indecently assaulted five eight-year-old girls between February and November 2012.

An eight-day trial was set down for March 2014.

Lawyer Ellie Harrison, acting for the school's board of trustees, applied for suppression of the name of the school and the accused saying identifying either could identify the children and the alleged offending could become the subject of "playground chit-chat".

She said the school was not concerned with protecting its reputation and was only worried about the effect of publication on the children.

At least one of the children was unaware there were other complainants, she said

Justice Timothy Brewer questioned how secret the charges must be considering the school had written to all parents alerting them to the court action.

He later relented and granted name suppression until trial saying there was "s a real risk of the complainants being identified or, at least, adversely affected".

The accused was remanded on bail.

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