Principal accused of lover's coverup

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 05:00 07/03/2013

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A principal has been accused of protecting a teacher she was having an affair with after he was arrested for assaulting a student.

The principal, whose name is suppressed, will face a Teachers' Council disciplinary tribunal hearing in the coming weeks.

She was accused by the Complaints Assessment Committee (CAC), on April 20, 2012, of a raft of charges relating to her relationship with a teacher at the school.

The committee said they were in a sexual relationship between September and December 2007.

It is alleged the teacher "manhandled" a pupil at the school on November 22, 2007, a charge he was arrested for.

Among the charges she faces:

- She signed the renewal of his practising certificate when she knew he was being investigated by Child Youth and Family for an alleged assault.

- Failed to monitor the "excessive" use of his cellphone, which was used to call the TAB, and authorised payments of the bill by school accounts.

- Did not suspend him, other than to remove contact with the child concerned, after the incident.

- Failed to suspend him or take advice when he was arrested for assault.

- Attempted to have his legal costs paid by the school's insurance policy.

- Sent an incident report from the pupil to his lawyer, without permission of the student or their parents.

- Paid him an additional $1000 a month while they had a relationship.

The principal had pushed for the charges to be dropped, on the basis that the CAC "failed to comply with the principles of natural justice" and that the delays associated with the prosecution "were "inordinate".

However, this was rejected by the Teachers' Council.

The name of the teacher and school are suppressed.

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