A teacher in his 60s touched a student’s penis to check for abnormalities when he believed the teenager had passed out drunk in his home.
The man, who later said he was deeply ashamed of his actions, blamed his behaviour on Asperger’s Syndrome, but said he was motivated by concern for the young man – who he believed might have had a genital malfunction because of his poor aim at the toilet.
The 66-year-old has now been censured for serious misconduct by the Education Council, formerly the Teachers’ Council.
The 19-year-old was staying with the teacher as an international home-stay student.
In November 2013, the young man hosted a farewell dinner at a local restaurant prior to flying home the following week, and arrived back at the teacher’s house “obviously intoxicated”, according to the written decision of the council’s disciplinary tribunal.
He fell asleep on a sofa. The teacher found him and after remarking, “Well, I think we should get you to bed”, helped the student to his room. He then helped him remove his shirt and skinny jeans.
He believed the student had passed out on the bed, and proceeded to pull the student’s underwear down and touch his penis for around a minute.
It caused the teen “a great deal of discomfort”, and after the teacher left, and he could hear that he was asleep, the student phoned his mother for advice on what to do.
He was later collected by a friend, who took him back to her house, where they contacted police.
It happened over two years ago, and only now has come to the point where the Education Council has acted…by saying tut tut. Read more »