Teacher of 44 years has registration revoked after being convicted of rape
A teacher of 44 years has had his registration revoked after a jury yesterday found him guilty of raping and indecently assaulting a child.
The man, whose name remains suppressed until sentencing in October, was convicted in the Napier District Court on Wednesday.
He spent nearly his entire career teaching in Hawke's Bay and had been teaching until shortly before the trial.
The maximum sentence for rape is 20 years, but because the man's offending occurred in the 1970s he must be sentenced under legislation at the time. Back then the maximum sentence for rape was 14 years.
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The offending occurred between 1973 and 1976 when the victim, who was not a pupil of his, was aged between 12 and 15. The man, now in his sixties, was in his mid to late 20s when he raped her.
The Education Council received formal advice of the convictions after they were entered.
"As this conviction is for a specified offence under the Vulnerable Children Act, the Education Council is required to cancel the teacher's registration. Following due process the registration has been cancelled this afternoon," a spokesman said on Wednesday.
"After liaising with the Police, and being cognisant of the bail conditions, the teacher taught up until just before the trial. When the guilty verdict was delivered we cancelled his registration on the same day, ensuring he cannot teach or be in contact with students," he said.
A jury of six men and six women reached their guilty verdicts after just 45 minutes deliberating. It followed a two-day trial.
The man was granted bail until sentencing.