A teacher will face court today charged over the alleged indecent assault of a student last year.

NSW Police have said that in May 2018, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 13-year-old girl had been indecently assaulted on a number of occasions by her teacher in 2017.

Detectives arrested a 28-year-old man on Monday 10 September 2018. He was charged with two counts of indecent assault-child under 16.

Police have alleged the James Hayes indecently assaulted the girl while in the classroom of a primary school in Sydney’s south-west.

The man, who is currently suspended from teaching, was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court today (Tuesday 18 September 2018).

He pleaded not guilty during today’s court appearance.

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

In recent weeks a paedophile teacher has been sentenced to 18 years in jail after sexually abusing 16 young students. Read more here.

The stats are horrifying!

Every 90 minutes a child is substantiated as having been sexually assaulted in Australia – that’s 1 in 5 children who are sexually harmed in some way before their 18th Birthday accounting for 58,000 children in all corners of Australia, every year.

How Parents can protect their children: TEACH THEM EARLY ABOUT PERSONAL SAFETY

Bravehearts say it’s never too early to sow the seeds of personal safety.

As parents, we need to teach our children 5 basic principles (which form the basis of our personal safety education program for young children, Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure).
These principles are:
1 To trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings
2 To say ‘no’ to adults if they feel unsafe and unsure
3 That they own their own bodies
4 That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it
5 That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust.

Find more useful tips HERE.

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  • How about reporting that all charges against James have been dropped, that the whole thing was a set up by a teenage girl and how you and every other news outlet named and shamed James in a manner which suggested he was guilty even before the case went to trial. You have no idea the damage this has done to James’s life, his health, his marriage. You people are disgusting and should be held accountable for your actions.


  • Scary statistics indeed.


  • Horrifying stats but not unexpected. Good tips in this article.


  • Disgusting! Adults abusing their positions to pray on innocent children. Makes me shudder


  • These stats are horrifying indeed ! So wrong !!
    And the man pleaded not guilty :(


  • So wrong people use their roles to do this


  • The court probably agreed to conditional bail partly because of crowding in detention centres and gaols.


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