Teacher deregistered over sex with student
A high school teacher who had a sexual relationship with a former member of the school rugby league team has been censured and deregistered.
The teacher was the manager of the team and her husband was the coach. She put the student in a situation where he betrayed the trust of his coach by having a sexual relationship with his coach's wife, the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal said in a decision released today.
She was charged with behaving in an unprofessional manner amounting to serious misconduct by the Complaints Assessment Committee.
While the student was still in school, the teacher "interacted with him as a peer", hugging and socialising with him beyond the boundaries expected in a teacher and student relationship, the tribunal said.
She met up with him at the Big Day Out music festival and arranged for him to be in her tutor group.
One night in June 2012, after the student had left school, the teacher went out partying with him and other former students.
When he became intoxicated and involved in a fight, the teacher used her position to convince the police to trust her to take him home safely. She then had sex with him.
The teacher also had an inappropriate relationship with her other students, allowing them to call her by her nickname and hugging students in front of the class to show the "specialness" of their relationship, the tribunal said.
She would refer to the league boys as her "babies", have them round to her house for beers and spend the night with them in the lounge.
The teacher also communicated with the students inappropriately on Facebook and other social media sites, including posing in a photo of herself wearing a rugby league uniform, and posting a photo of herself in a bikini leaning over the boys.
She also drove students while on her restricted licence, breaking the law.
When questioned by the principal of the school about whether she had engaged in a sexual relationship with the former student, she was dishonest, the tribunal said.
The principal imposed conditions that she must not have contact with the league team or other sports teams, must not become over-familiar with students and must not do anything which brought the school or students into disrepute.
The teacher breached these conditions by going to watch a rugby league game during class time, leaving her students unsupervised.
She continued to fundraise for the team and socialise with the league boys.
After she was suspended from the school, she spoke to students and said things to undermine their confidence in the school and other teachers at the school, the tribunal said.
The teacher did not deny the charges, and agreed the appropriate penalty was a censure and cancellation of her teaching registration.
She agreed to pay $1500 in costs.
Names of the parties and the area in which the woman taught were not released by the tribunal.