Top Cape school fires music teacher facing sexual assault charges

2015-07-24 12:14
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Cape Town - A man who taught music classes at a prominent private school in Cape Town has appeared in court on charges of sexual assault.

Reddam House Constantia confirmed to News24 on Friday morning that they terminated his contract as an “independent music service provider” with immediate effect in May, following allegations of “inappropriate conduct”.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the 32-year-old was arrested after an investigation of at least a month-and-a-half.

He said the investigation continued and it was possible that more complainants could come forward.

The former teacher stands accused of fondling at least six boys, aged 9 and 10, during music lessons, according to the Cape Argus.

“Reddam House takes these allegations very seriously. We reported the allegations to the SA Police Service and will work with the FCS (Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit) as the investigation unfolds,” said the school’s director Sheena Crawford-Kempster.

She said he arrived at the school with a “very impressive” CV and they conducted the usual background checks before deciding to contract him.

“There was nothing to suggest to us that he might ever engage in the behaviour he is accused of.

“We assure parents and the public that we use utmost care in selecting our staff and we deeply regret what has happened.”

Privacy respected

The school said it continued to offer support to the families involved in the matter and prioritised the protection of the children.

“We ask that their privacy be respected.”

The man appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and was released on R2 000 bail with strict conditions.

He could not be in the same area as the school nor have contact with the complainants or school staff. 

“Other bail conditions included that he hand over his passport and report at Melkbosstrand Police Station three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday,” Van Wyk said.

According to its website, the school offers education for pre-primary kids up to Matric.

Music was introduced as a subject in the pre-primary phase and was compulsory up to Grade 3. It could be taken up to Grade 12 as an optional subject.

“We enrich the programme with specialist teachers in strings, brass, piano and percussion, amongst other options,” its website stated.

The man is expected back in court on September 29, following further investigation.

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