A John Gray High School teacher who was found not guilty of indecent assaults on students has lost his job at the school, officials confirmed.
The teacher was unanimously acquitted last month on charges that he had assaulted three female students.
The teacher, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was unanimously acquitted last month on charges that he had assaulted three female students. He had been accused of touching one of the girls in her groin area and the other two on their breasts during a class.
The teacher denied there had been any physical contact – even accidental – with the girls, testifying that he had been working at his desk on a mock exam paper while the students worked on other projects.
Despite being cleared of the alleged offenses, the teacher has lost his job. He had been teaching at the school since 2010 and had been on paid leave since the allegations against him were made in January 2015.
Christen Suckoo, the chief officer in the Ministry of Education, confirmed that a decision had been taken in March of this year not to renew his contract when it ended in July 2016. At the time the decision was taken, the teacher was still on bail awaiting trial.
Mr. Suckoo said, “The decision was made placing the needs of the students and staff first, given that his being out of school for an indefinite period of time meant that alternative provision had to be made to ensure that the students received the proper instruction. The Department of Education Services felt that the situation needed to be stabilized by providing a full-time teacher to give the students, particularly exam students, the best chance for success.”