The teaching profession is really giving the Catholic Church a run for its money in the kiddy fiddling stakes.
Yet another presumably registered teacher, or in this case a teacher aide, is before the courts. So much for registration protecting children.
A teacher aide at a Nelson school created a fake Facebook account under a female name to sexually groom a learning-impaired 14-year-old student, whom he kissed and wrote love letters to.
The man, who has interim name suppression, pleaded guilty in the Nelson District Court on Monday to a charge of meeting a young person after sexual grooming.
A police investigation found that the 33-year-old used Facebook and “love letters” to groom the young girl, who has an intellectual age of 10. He kissed her, held her hand and shared a bed in a motel with her.
He was remanded on bail to appear for sentencing on September 15.
The man started at an unnamed Nelson school as a teacher aide at the start of the year.
He was the primary aide for another student but met his victim, a 14-year-old girl, in the classroom.