I bet he was registered

Oh look another registered teacher caught diddling the kids. Labour and the teacher unions would have you believe that registration will protect the kids.

It doesn’t. The NZ Herald reports on yet another teacher caught pants down.

The former principal of a Northland Christian school has appeared in court on sex abuse charges involving two young boys more than 40 years ago.

Raymond George Melrose, of Paihia, has appeared in Kaikohe District Court on 10 charges including four of sodomising a boy aged 12-16.

Melrose was the principal of Kaikohe Christian School from 1997 until earlier this year but the charges date back to the late 1960s and early 1970s when he was teaching outside Northland. One of the alleged victims was aged 9 at the time. 

The 68-year-old appeared before a registrar yesterday morning and was remanded on bail until his next appearance on November 22. As part of his bail conditions he was ordered not to have any unsupervised contact with children aged under 16.

His lawyer, Catherine Cull, did not seek suppression. There was no indication whether Melrose would plead guilty.

Kaikohe Christian School Board of Trustees chairman Mike Norman said Melrose was stood down when the allegations were made and resigned at the beginning of term two. The school had an acting principal with a permanent replacement due to start next year.

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