Police widen probe after alleged assaults

Last updated 13:35 16/12/2013

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Police are investigating to see if more students were allegedly assaulted by a Auckland dental services staff member, after he appeared in court last month.

The staff member, who worked in Auckland schools for five years, has been accused of indecently assaulting three female students, and appeared in the Manukau District Court in November.

Counties Manukau police confirmed they were investigating the male employee of a regional organisation that provides dental services to secondary schools within the Auckland area.

Three female complainants had come forward so far, all of whom were secondary school students from two of the 23 schools at which the man worked, police said.

The accused had been an employee of the organisation since 2008 but according to a letter sent by police to parents, he was dismissed recently after the allegations arose.

The offending is alleged to have occurred on school grounds in the last two years.

The employee was not directly involved in providing dental treatment but while working on school premises he did have contact with some of the students who attended the dental service, police said.

Police are working with the Ministry of Education, CYF, Counties Manukau DHB and the schools to which the man visited to identify any further alleged victims.

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