Sex abuse accused ‘happy for Christmas at home’

2014-12-09 00:00

A PROMINENT former Maritzburg College teacher facing a litany of charges including sexual assault said he was grateful he would be spending Christmas at home.

Those were his words to a police officer while he was waiting to be called in for his matter at the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

When probed further on his plans for Christmas, the teacher, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, said, “Nice try, no comment”.

The 49-year-old Durban drama teacher, who left Maritzburg College for a Durban school 10 years ago, has been charged with sexual grooming and the production and possession of child pornography. He is currently out on R250 000 bail.

The teacher, who has taught at a range of prominent schools around the province, appeared well presented and calm yesterday.

He would not entertain media questions about the matter.

When he eventually appeared before the magistrate his matter was adjourned until February 4 for further investigation.

His attorney, Nerissa Farrington, told the The Witness that the senior public prosecutor needed time to view the video footage.

It was previously reported that the teacher was arrested in August after police discovered evidence of home-made child pornography on a laptop during a search of his home. Investigators are still searching for the boys who were photographed engaging in sexual acts with the teacher.

The Witness reported that evidence revealed that the teacher engaged in an improper relationship with a 15-year-old boy dating back to the early 1990s. Damning pornographic images of teenage boys were found on several of the teacher’s laptops.

It emerged in court during his application for bail that he paid one of his pupils R35 000 over six months in exchange for nude pictures, masturbation videos and sex.

Last month during an interview with the The Witness the teacher appealed for privacy after spending about three months incarcerated — he also spent his birthday behind bars.


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