Teacher facing student indecent assault charges allowed to travel

A teacher facing charges of indecently assaulting three female students has been allowed to travel over the Christmas holidays before returning to court on Jan. 21. 

Senior Crown Counsel Tricia Hutchinson indicated that the Crown had a concern because the teacher was on a work permit, and facing such serious charges there was the possibility he might not return. 

Chief Magistrate Nova Hall acknowledged the concern but allowed the defendant to travel on condition that he post a cash bond of $5,000 or provide one or two sureties in the total sum of $5,000. 

Travel was allowed between Dec. 13 and Jan. 12. 

The defendant has been on bail.  

Travel stop lifted 

Attorney Steve McField applied for the variation to allow travel because a stop notice at the airport had prevented him from traveling once the investigation into the matter commenced. The magistrate ordered that the stop notice be lifted. 

The defendant, 41, was suspended in February. The matter came to court in November. 

The Cayman Compass is not identifying the defendant or the school due to a court order that no information be released that could lead to the identification of the girls who were allegedly assaulted.