VIT investigation results in conviction of teacher for child sex offences

26 JUNE 2019

A Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) investigation into allegations that a teacher failed to maintain a professional relationship with one of her students resolved yesterday in the Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court. Klaire Johnston was convicted and sentenced in relation to the sexual assault of a 16 year old boy.

The evidence obtained by VIT was provided to Victoria Police, and resulted in police charging Ms Johnston with the sexual assault of a child aged 16/17 year old child under care, supervision or authority contrary to section 49E(1) of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) Penalty 5 years imprisonment [maximum].

VIT suspended Ms Johnston's teacher registration in 2017. Following the conviction, her registration has been cancelled and Ms Johnston is now disqualified from teaching.

The former teacher has been placed on the sex offenders register for 8 years, and was sentenced to a Community Corrections Order (CCO) for a period of 18 months. The CCO requires Ms Johnston to perform 200 hours of unpaid community work and to undergo a treatment and rehabilitation program.

Magistrate Fran Medina noted that the offending was grave and “an abuse of the accused’s position as a teacher”.

VIT CEO Peter Corcoran said VIT and Victoria Police enjoy a close working relationship that ensures only those with high character teach our children and young people.

“This is an example of the way VIT works closely with Victoria Police to protect the safety and wellbeing of our children, and ensures that teachers meet the high standards of behaviour expected by the community," Mr Corcoran said.

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