Letter tells parents of sex charges

Taumarunui's Turaki School has told parents in a letter home that a former staff member is facing criminal charges.

The Waikato Times reported yesterday that David Ballantyne, a former teacher at the school, was facing four charges of indecent assault from 2000 to 2013, when he was a church youth group leader.

The alleged offending took place in Hamilton and Morrinsville - not at the school - but the school board of trustees was criticised for not telling parents earlier.

On Tuesday, a letter was sent home with children in a sealed envelope, telling parents that Ballantyne had appeared in court, but that the charges did not relate to Turaki School or the area.

The board did not outline the charges.

Waikato Times