Ex-principal on charges for allegedly fiddling with a boy


A former Canterbury principal facing historic child sex charges has lost his name suppression, and admitted in court that some sexual activity with a boy occurred.

Michael William Hogan, 54, who was the principal at Prebbleton School until the end of last year, faces six charges of indecent assault and nine charges of sexual violation.

His charges date back 26 years, when he taught in Southland from 1990 to 1995. No charges relate to when he lived in Canterbury. 

The charges involved a boy aged under 16 and were representative charges, indicating police alleged the offence took place at least once in the specified period.

At his last Christchurch District Court appearance, Hogan was granted name suppression at the request of police.

That lifted when he appeared in court on Wednesday morning.

Hogan pleaded not guilty to the sexual violation charges.

He acknowledged that some indecent offending took place, but defence counsel Grant Tyrrell said police needed to amend or file alternative charges for the remaining six charges before pleas could be entered.

Because of this admission in a public court, Hogan surrendered his bail and consented to a remand in custody, Tyrrell said.

I know you’re sick of reading these…but that’s the point.   Once we start accepting it as, “Yet another teacher, why bother?” then we’re further down the road of not caring.

It may pay to point out that unions protect or ignore issues like this, while going on a full-frontal fight to stop a Charter school sharing a science lab with a State school.

These priorities are all screwed up. The only upside here is that the guy lost name suppression. The trend continues to improve in that regard.

If we can only improve the processes whereby these predators get ejected earlier. It is highly unlikely that this guy was squeaky clean on the career path towards becoming a principal. Many won’t have felt they had the support to speak out when more damage to young lives could have been prevented.


– Stuff

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