I bet he was registered too, when he was indecently assaulting his female students

Another dirty teacher has been done for diddling his kids.

A former Havelock North school teacher has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting his female students.

Charles John Michael Harter, 63, was a music, mathematics and drama teacher who taught students from his home studio and between October 2012 and June 2014 also taught music and drama at Havelock North Primary School.

The nine counts of indecent assaults, against nine young girls aged between 7 and 12, involved Harter inappropriately touching his students over and under their school uniforms.

One further charge of indecent assault was withdrawn at the Hastings District Court this afternoon.

One victim had weekly guitar lessons during school terms between February and July this year and prior to the lessons had attended large group lessons at Havelock North Primary School with Harter.

Harter would say “time for your lesson”, before reaching over the top of the victim’s shoulders and placing his hands on her breasts, before “jiggling” her private parts with his fingers.    

She continued attending music lessons until she could no longer cope and told her mother that she no longer felt comfortable with Harter’s behaviour. Her mother withdrew her from the classes and reported the indecent assaults to police.

A second victim was also indecently assaulted on several occasions before she broke down crying and disclosed to her mother what was occurring to her and her friend, also a victim, before the police were notified.

Another victim was part of a music and drama group at Havelock North Primary School, where she and a classmate were inappropriately touched.

The two victims spoke about Harter’s behaviour amongst themselves and wrote a letter to their teacher asking him to stop making them feel uncomfortable before also informing the school’s principal.

The remaining victims were abused in similar circumstances at Harter’s home and at the school. Harter had stated he believed one of his victims was encouraging the behaviour and was happy with it.

He admitted the entirety of the offending to police and said he became sexually aroused when he touched his students.

When he gets sentenced to prison I hope he gets his beans.

The teaching profession continues to outstrip the Catholic Church in harbouring pedophiles.



– Hawkes Bay Today

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