REVEALED: School teacher accused of sexually abusing a young student was just weeks away from marrying her own childhood sweetheart
- Female teacher charged over allegations of sexual assault of school student
- The 23-year-old woman had been working at a school in Western Sydney
- Police launched investigation into alleged sexual assault of 14-year-old boy
- They arrested the woman at a Greenacre home and seized electronic devices
An engaged teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted a student at a Sydney school will remain behind bars after being arrested on Friday.
Monica Elizabeth Young, 23, did not apply for release when she faced Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday via videolink.
Young is charged with 10 offences – including multiple counts of aggravated sexual intercourse of a child aged between 14 and 16 over a span of weeks.
A female school teacher has been arrested and charged over allegations a 14-year-old student was sexually assaulted
Magistrate Karen Robinson ordered the names of any witnesses, potential witnesses, and the name of the school could not be published.
‘In my view, were that order not made, if the names of the (adult witnesses were published) there is a real possibility that the identity of the complainant would then be determined and the child witnesses would be determined,’ magistrate Karen Robinson said.
She did not, however, order Young’s name be suppressed despite an application from her defence lawyer.
Officers were filmed escorting the woman out of the premises before seizing a car and electronic devices
Her fiancee has reportedly told media the couple had been in a relationship for six years.
Young was also charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touching a child, intentionally inciting a child to sexually touch and two related offences.
The teenage student was allegedly assaulted on and off school property over the course of a month, though it has not been confirmed if the student was a pupil of the female teacher.
Police launched an investigation earlier this week before descending on the suburban home.
She was arrested at a home on Friday and accused of sexually assaulting the teenager on five occasions at the Sydney school.
Detective acting superintendent Michael Haddow described the alleged crimes as ‘abhorrent’
She remained quiet throughout the proceeding, except to confirm her name and when directly addressed by the magistrate.
‘No worries, thank you,’ she said after being told her matter was adjourned to Bankstown Local Court on Monday.
Young’s phone and computer were seized as part of ongoing police investigations.
Following her arrest, Detective Acting Superintendent Michael Haddow advised parents to communicate openly with their children about their activities.
‘With the number of online communication applications increasing, it is very important to reaffirm the dangers associated with online conversations,’ he said in a statement.
‘If they encounter something or someone they are not comfortable with, we encourage them to speak to a person they trust, who can then let our investigators know.’
The teacher was taken to Bankstown Police Station where she was charged with 10 offences
The NSW Department of Education said in a statement it was aware of an alleged incident involving a staff member