I bet he was registered

Another day another registered ratbag teacher before the courts.

Labour and the teacher unions all claim that registration protects the kids…it is starting to look like registration protects kids as well as the catholic church does.

A Nelson teacher found guilty of indecently assaulting five children under the age of 12 can now be named.

In the Nelson District Court on November 22, Lawrence Shaw, 44, was found guilty of indecently assaulting five girls under the age of 12.

A nine-man, three-woman jury took two hours to convict Shaw on all charges. He will be sentenced on January 15. 

Judge Tony Zohrab granted Shaw name suppression on humanitarian grounds. The order, which also suppressed Shaw’s occupation, lapsed overnight.

During the trial, Crown prosecutor Mark O’Donoghue described Shaw as an opportunistic offender who targeted children in public and took opportunities to sexually assault them when their mothers were not present.

The court heard Shaw was in line at the Richmond Pak ‘n Save in October 2011 when he indecently touched a 12-year-old.

He was also found guilty of indecently assaulting two sisters, aged 6 and 10, who were playing in an arcade in Richmond Mall that same day, and the indecent assault of two girls in the “family spa” at the ASB Aquatic and Fitness Centre on January 13, 2012.

Defence lawyer Tony Bamford had argued that if his client had touched anyone it was “momentary and innocent”, or was in a context that was neither deliberate or indecent, he said.

While no schools were mentioned in the case, Shaw had previously taught at a number of schools in the wider Nelson area.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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