Nelson teacher struck off for assault

A teacher convicted of indecently assaulting young girls has had his teaching registration cancelled.

In a straightforward Teachers' Council Disciplinary Tribunal decision, released today, former Nelson teacher Lawrence Shaw was censured and de-registered.

Shaw was jailed for two years and three months in January, having been found guilty of indecently assaulting five girls aged between 6 and 12.

Although none of his offending occurred at a school, tribunal chairman Kenneth Johnston said the tribunal had little difficulty in concluding that Shaw's conduct amounted to serious misconduct.

"We have now in a number of cases tried to make it clear that any teacher convicted of offences of this sort has no place in New Zealand schools.

"For the purposes of both protection of the public and the maintenance of professional standards, we do not think we could properly discharge our responsibility whilst allowing this teacher to maintain his registration."

Shaw took no part in the disciplinary proceeding.

The Nelson Mail