Female teacher, 23, accused of sexually abusing a teenage schoolboy allegedly contacted his MOTHER to ‘try and explain away what happened – and police have Snapchats and CCTV’
- Monica Elizabeth Young, 23, has been charged with 10 offences against pupil
- Ms Young was denied bail at a south-west Sydney court on Monday morning
- Evidence includes CCTV footage of pair interacting and Snapchat material
- Court also heard claims she ‘interfered’ with the police investigation
- Alleged to have contacted the boy’s mother to ‘explain away’ what happened
Teacher Monica Elizabeth Young, 23, (pictured) is alleged to have sexually assaulted a young student on school grounds
A female teacher accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy allegedly tried to interfere in the police investigation by contacting the pupil’s mother to ‘explain away’ the claims, a court has heard.
Monica Elizabeth Young, 23, was denied bail by a court in Sydney’s south-west on Monday after a prosecutor told a magistrate the case against her is ‘overwhelmingly strong’.
Ms Young was charged with 10 offences on Friday including charges she had sexual intercourse with a boy aged between 14 and 16 years old.
Bankstown Local Court heard evidence against the teacher includes CCTV of the pair interacting, Snapchat material and ‘some admissions’ made in an interview with detectives this month.
Magistrate Glen Walsh today said that, according to the facts before him, Ms Young learned about the existence of the police investigation then ‘tried to get around’ it.
The magistrate said she allegedly did that ‘firstly by representing herself as a different Snapchat user, and secondly attempting to contact the mother of the complainant to try and explain away the circumstances of conduct.’
Ms Young’s father and grandmother outside Bankstown Local Court on Monday morning
The teacher was arrested and charged about 7am on Friday (pictured) and was refused bail by a magistrate today
The court was told that created unacceptable risks that Ms Young would try and interfere with the administration of justice.
The police prosecutor, who gave her name only as Ms Gardiner, told the court there was also evidence of Ms Young allegedly ‘encouraging the complainant to send’ an explicit image.
The teacher appeared in court via audio-visual link from Silverwater’s remand centre dressed in a green prison jumper and her hair tied back in a ponytail.
The young teacher appeared to quiver when she first appeared in front of the magistrate but calmed herself and was expressionless through the rest of her appearance.
Ms Young’s mother, grandmother and father all watched on as Young’s barrister, Geoff Harrison, sought bail on her behalf.
Mr Harrison told the court she could stay with her grandmother in Sydney’s south-west under ‘house arrest’ conditions.
He said the teacher had spent ‘some three days in custody’ and said there was ‘strong incentive’ for her to oblige and obey bail conditions.
She had no criminal record, could offer $50,000 surety and stay with her grandmother, he said.
But the magistrate said Ms Young’s alleged behaviour ‘raises significantly bail concerns of interference of witnesses’ and formally refused her plea for liberty.
The teacher was just weeks away from marrying her boyfriend of six years when she was arrested last Friday.
She was charged with ten offences – including multiple counts of aggravated sexual intercourse of a child aged between 14 and 16 over weeks.
The young woman is also charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touching a child, intentionally inciting a child to sexually touch and related offences.
Police launched an investigation last week before descending on a suburban home in the city’s south-west on Friday.
The court has ordered the names of any prosecution witnesses and the name of the school not be published.
Lawyers for Ms Young sought a non-publication order on her name for a second time on Monday but it was refused by the magistrate.
The case returns to court in August.
Officers, above, are filmed escorting Monica Young out of the premises of her home last week
The teacher was then taken to Bankstown Police Station where she was charged with ten offences