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A jury has found a former teacher guilty on all four charges after failing to disclose a relationship with the student for over a year.
The jury in Brisbane today cleared a former high school mathematics teacher of one count of misconduct relating to the dating relationship – and two of child pornography offences.
The woman, who worked as a maths teacher in the North Queensland secondary school, pleaded not guilty to 12 charges relating to the relationship with the former student, who is not named.
After hearing oral evidence from a doctor, the jury said that the woman was innocent and all four charges could be proved.
They also found that the relationship ended over an uninvited meeting for sex, contrary to the Criminal Code.
The schoolgirl claimed that she had a sexual relationship with the 54-year-old teacher, a devout Catholic priest, for about six years, before her marriage in 2009.
The jury was told the relationship involved physical and emotional intimacy and that during the relationship, the woman would “share in his sexual fantasies or fantasies of her”.
The woman told the jury she could not remember all the details of the relationship, but that she did not view it as inappropriate.
The court heard that the woman, who is in her early 40s, was “a sexually experienced, well-known woman of good character”, from a background of community service.
She was also from a stable family with five children.
The woman made no comment and was unable to be reached after the jury found her guilty.
The lawyer representing her told reporters the jury could not reach a guilty verdict on one count.
The woman was remanded in custody until the sentencing of a final verdict date of November 4.
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