A TEACHER allegedly bombarded a pupil, 14, with Snapchat messages begging him to send X-rated photos, an Australian court was told.
Monica Young, 23, will remain in custody after being charged with 10 offences including multiple counts of aggravated sexual intercourse of a child aged between 14-16.
Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported that the western Sydney teacher has been accused of sexually assaulting a male student in what police allege was an “abhorrent” breach of trust.
Young was arrested at a home in Greenacre last Friday, July 10, following allegations she had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old while at school, NSW cops added.
After her arrest, cops had seized a vehicle and electronic devices during a search of her home.
Today, a Bankstown Local Court magistrate denied bail, voicing fears that she could contact witnesses if released from custody, reports the Daily Mail.
The police prosecutor told the court that recorded evidence had undergone an initial review.
This included Snapchat conversations, and CCTV footage from the unnamed school which allegedly showed the pair in contact, according to the prosecution.
Investigators have already allegedly uncovered Snapchat conversations of the teacher “encouraging the complainant to send an explicit image”, the court was told.
The prosecutor added: “As a result, this is an overwhelming prosecution case.”
Young was last week taken into custody for incidents alleged to have occurred between June 24 and July 3.
Perth Now reports that when she initially faced Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday on 10 offences, her lawyer applied unsuccessfully to suppress her name.
The lawyer argued that revealing her identity would cause embarrassment, unfairly impact any future trial and could lead to the identification of her alleged victim.
But Magistrate Karen Robinson rejected the application after journalists opposed the move – after considering the open justice principle.
The official did, however, order the name of the high school and all witnesses not be published anywhere in Australia.
She said: “In my view, were that order not made, if the names of the (adult witnesses were published) there is a real possibility that the identity of the complainant would then be determined and the child witnesses would be determined.”
NSW Police Detective Acting Superintendent Michael Haddow said the allegations demonstrated a major breach of trust, given the power imbalance between teachers and students.
Last Friday, before she appeared in court, he told reporters: “It’s abhorrent – ultimately, teachers have a significant responsibility.
“This is a very difficult time for the boy and his family.
“All I can say is that he’s receiving fantastic support from both his family and from police.”
Further investigations are taking place at the school, he added.
The detective urged anyone with information to contact the force.
Calling on parents to have “open, honest and frank” conversations with their children, he explained that “kids [aged] 14, 15 or 16, sometimes they act or think they’re a little older than they are, but ultimately children are vulnerable.
“They’re easily led, easily influenced, and we’d certainly urge parents to be aware of who their kids are spending time with, who they’re chatting with online, and have those difficult conversations.
“Because ultimately parenting isn’t an easy job.”
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A NSW Department of Education spokeswoman said it was aware of “the alleged incident involving the employee”.
“The safety and wellbeing of students is the number one priority of the department,” the spokeswoman said in a statement to AAP.
“As police are investigating this matter, it is not appropriate for us to comment at this time.”
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