Rapey teacher and rugby coach sacked

A TOP NORTH Island school with Anglican traditions dating back more than a century has sacked a rugby coach facing rape charges.

The man?s identity cannot be revealed because of suppression orders relating to both criminal and Family Court matters ? but it is understood he is facing one charge of rape and another of unlawful sexual connection.

The Teachers Council website shows the man?s teaching certificate expired in June this year and has not been renewed.

It is also understood he has been sacked from the coaching role he once held at the school where he previously was employed teaching English.

It is understood the man has been in the teaching profession for more than two decades, both here and overseas. He began teaching at his current school in 2011.

Details of the allegations against the man are shrouded in mystery, but it is believed they relate to a former partner.

The principal of the co-educational boarding and day school where the man used to work said he was no longer involved with coaching the school?s first XV side.

He declined to comment further, saying the man had name suppression.?

The maximum penalty for rape under the Crimes Act is 20 years imprisonment.

Whatever the outcome of the criminal and family Court matters, it is not a good look for the teaching profession which has been left reeling in recent months by a series of high-profile sex-related cases involving teachers.

Last week details emerged of a newly graduated Waikato teacher who was involved in a three-month sexual relationship with a student in which they exchanged 8000 texts.

Kelsey Rebekah Allen, 24, was employed as a PE teacher at Morrinsville College in 2014 when she became involved in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student. This month she was censured and stripped of her teacher registration by the?New Zealand Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal.

And last month another PE teacher was barred from teaching after it was found he was involved sexually with a student.

In April 2014, Oliver Day ? a fully-registered teacher at decile 9 Macleans College ? invited a 17-year-old student to go for a drive. From there, the relationship developed into an intimate and sexual one.

The matter was eventually heard by the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal, who in its findings said the relationship amounted to serious misconduct. Day was censured, had his teaching registration cancelled and was ordered to pay costs.

The teacher had sex with the student, who was not named, on a number of occasions, at his house, during school hours and on school grounds.

Also last month details emerged of a case involving a teacher who had sex with a student on a number of occasions, and later even offered the boy sexual rewards in exchange for completing his school work.

The teacher was censured and had her registration cancelled following the affair with the Year 13 student, which took place last year.


Stephen Cook is a multi award-winning journalist and former news editor and assistant editor of the Herald on Sunday.