Teacher walks free despite groping 17 students because he did not do it for sexual pleasure

By Mason White 7:59 AM October 31, 2017
Classroom (illustration)
Classroom (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

A teacher in Australia, who was seen sexually abusing students, was allowed to walk free because he is autistic.

The teacher in New South Wales has been found not guilty of sex crimes against young students he touched inappropriately in the playground and in his classroom.

The 59-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to charges involving 17 students at a Southern Highlands school.

During the bench trial, it was alleged that the teacher touched some students’ backsides and chests in front of other classmates and on at least one occasion in the presence of another teacher.

A former principal testified that the man was a “touchy-feely type of teacher.”

He told the judge that the teacher was seen by co-workers, other students and parents casually putting his arms around children.

Two psychologists testified that the 59-year-old teacher suffers from stage one autism disorder, which could affect his awareness of social norms and personal space.

Judge Antony Townsden took all that into account and found the teacher not guilty of all charges.

The judge said that he could not find that the teacher touched or tried to touch the students for his own sexual satisfaction.