Judge of the Week: Justice Simon France

She was registered when she had sex with an under-age pupil.  If she was in the States she’d be done for statutory rape.   But she doesn’t want the public shame that comes from destroying the trust in the teaching profession.

A female teacher convicted of sexual offending against a Wellington schoolboy has unsuccessfully sought name suppression.

However, her identity remains secret for now.

The woman was not in the High Court at Wellington yesterday for a brief hearing about suppression, where her lawyer Stephen Iorns argued that her name should remain secret.

The discussions, before Justice Simon France, were suppressed but in a written decision released last night, the judge rejected the suppression bid.

A temporary suppression order remains in place until last next week and that could continue if the woman appeals Justice France’s ruling.

At a trial last month, the woman was found guilty on six charges of unlawful sexual connection and one charge of doing an indecent act on a minor.

The court heard she had sex with the boy once, performed oral sex on him and kissed him in offending that happened in and around Porirua and Paraparaumu, north of Wellington, when the boy was in his early teens.


Good on Justice France.  The community has been begging for name suppression to be applied only in the most obvious of circumstances, and to let convicted people cope with the public shame that follows on being found out.

Hey bad teachers, leave our kids alone.


– Jimmy Ellingham, A newspaper

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