Port Stephens High School employee charged following investigations into child grooming



POLICE have charged a woman last week following investigations into alleged child grooming at a Port Stephens school.

Strike Force Minnamorra was established in June by Police to investigate allegations into the procuring and grooming of children for sexual activity by an employee at the school.

It is allege that a number of explicit text messages and phone calls were sent between a 50-year-old female employee and a male student aged 15.

Investigations also revealed a second student, aged 16, was also involved in sending and receiving messages and phone calls from the woman.

About 3.30pm on Wednesday last week, the woman attended Raymond Terrace Police Station where she was interviewed and later charged with grooming a child for unlawful sexual activity, use of a carriage service to groom a child under 16 years for sex and use of a carriage service to menace, harass or offend.

She was given conditional bail and will appear in Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 6 November 2017.

The woman is no longer employed by the school.

In a letter from the school Principal to the Parents, the Principal said, “The School first became aware of the allegations last year and immediately reported them to the Police, Family and Community Services and the NSW Ombudsman.”

“While we were not involved in the investigation or privy to the details, we understand that the charges are the result of investigations triggered by our reports.”

“I can[only] assure you that the School takes child protection extremely seriously on and off the School grounds,” the Principal said within the letter.

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