Another scumbag teacher fails to keep name suppression

via Fairfax

via Fairfax

It’s really good to see that years of highlighting that scumbag teachers were allowed to hide from the public in most serious sexual criminal situations is starting to come to an end.

A Wellington teacher who sexually abused a young boy won a leadership scholarship to visit Wales to study bilingual teaching.

Stacey Reriti, 30, sought final name suppression at a hearing but Justice Simon France declined this and suppression was lifted yesterday.

Reriti was found guilty of seven sexual assault charges relating to a boy by a jury in the Wellington High Court last month after a week-long trial.

The court heard how it evolved from kissing to oral sex before progressing to sexual intercourse in a motel room when the boy was aged 12.

The case also involved a number of x-rated texts and the offending started in 2011.

In 2012 Reriti was one of four teachers who went to Wales to observe how the Welsh school bilingual programme operated.

The two-week trip came via a Teach NZ scholarship, supported by the British Council.

The trip was designed to give young teachers international experience early in their careers.

As you can see, there was no need to name the school.  There was no need to name the victim.  And  Stacey Reriti will now have a permanent public stain that follows her around.   People and employers can now at least balance her history when making decisions about associating with her.

This is a very pleasing trend, and long may it continue.


– Deirdre Mussun, Stuff

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