'I told him that it was wrong, but he said it felt right': Young PE woman on alleged affair with teacher

By Joanie Bergh
09 February 2017

A former deputy head of High School Linkside in Port Elizabeth is facing charges of statutory rape after he reportedly raped a 15-year-old student.

A former deputy head of High School Linkside in Port Elizabeth is facing charges of statutory rape after he reportedly raped a 15-year-old student.

Tertius Dorfling (54) appeared in the Port Elizabeth regional court and pleaded not guilty on all charges levelled against him by the woman, now 20, The Herald reports.

The woman alleges that Dorfling, who is married with children, started sexually grooming her when she was a grade 9 pupil at the school.

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After she made these accusations known, Dorfling resigned from the department on education in October 2014.

The young woman delivered her testimony to a camera after requesting that it be made available to the media. She said that her relationship with the school’s deputy head started in 2011. She was a troubled teenager and was desperate for attention, she testified.

She and Dorfling spent a great deal of time together and he became like mentor to her.

She alleges that they had sex in his car, at his house and at a guesthouse in the city. She added that their relationship started when they were driving in his car and he stopped in a quiet street and put his hand on her leg.

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“I told him that it was wrong, but he said it felt right,” she testified.

Alwyn Griebenow, Dorfling’s lawyer, asked her what she felt after that encounter. She said that she felt various emotions but had enjoyed the experience.

She told the court that in the following six months they had sex on numerous occasions. Dorfling apparently promised her that the two had a future together.

“I wanted everything that he was promising me,” she told the court.

“The court only sees the sexual deed but doesn’t acknowledge the emotional manipulation. He made my life hell. It took me six months just to work up the courage to tell him no and get away from him.”

The case has postponed until 12 June when Dorfling is expected to testify.

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