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59-year-old teacher who had sex with former teenage student awarded $90,000

By Mason White 4:56 PM December 12, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A teacher who was fired from his job for having sex with a student, was awarded $90,000.

The 59-year-old former teacher was awarded $90,000 in compensation after a court ruled that he was “unjustly” fired for having a romantic relationship with his student.

John Martin, who was a teacher at Padua College in Victoria, Australia, began a relationship with his former student Samantha Anderson, when she turned 18 years old.

When the school principal Christopher Houlihan learned about the relationship from the woman’s parents, Martin was placed on leave and he was later fired.

Martin taught the woman when she was a young teenager and they began a relationship only when she turned 18.

Martin filed a complaint with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, claiming that he had been discriminated against and he lost respect from his fellow teachers.

“I find that firing Mr. Martin directly discriminated against him because of his lawful sexual activity with Anderson,” Victorian Civil and Administrative senior member Noreen Megay said.

Martin was awarded $80,000 for loss of wages and another $10,000 for pain and suffering.