A female teacher in southwest Sydney has been accused of sexually assaulting a male student in her car in what police described as an “abhorrent” breach of trust.
The 23-year-old woman was arrested at a home in Greenacre on Friday following reports she had, over the last month, allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student both on and off school grounds, police said.
Officers later seized a vehicle and electronic devices at the woman’s home.
She was taken to Bankstown police station, where charges are expected to be laid.
NSW Police Detective Acting Superintendent Michael Haddow said the allegations demonstrated a major breach of trust given the power imbalance between teachers and students.
“It’s abhorrent – ultimately, teachers have a significant responsibility,” he told reporters in Sydney on Friday.
“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.”
Detective Haddow said further investigations would take place at the school.
He urged anyone with further information to contact police and called on parents in the wider community to have “open, honest and frank” conversations with their children.
“Kids … 14,15 or 16 – sometimes they act or think they’re a little older than they are, but ultimately children are vulnerable,” Detective Haddow said.
“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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