Teacher Slapped With Sex Charges

A South-West Sydney teacher is accused of indecently assaulting a teenage student last year.

As far as teachers are concerned, James Hayes is accused of the most despicable crimes; 2 sickening sexual assaults on a primary school student.

The 28-year-old was the subject of an extensive 5-month investigation after reports he preyed on a student while working at St Justin’s Catholic College.

Police say the offending happened on school grounds, inside a classroom, and took place sometime between April and December last year.

He was charged with two counts of indecently assaulting a child under the age of 16.

Responding in a statement, the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong said it’s deeply saddened by this investigation.

“(We) are providing close and ongoing support to the student and to the student’s family,” the Director of Schools Peter Turner said.

“We are also committed to the welfare of the staff and students at the school during this difficult time.”

The Cobbitty man who has since moved to St Gregory’s Catholic College in Campbelltown has been stood down, until court proceedings are finalised.

He appeared before Liverpool Local Court this morning flanked by his wife and parents, denying the allegations at the first opportunity.

His bail conditions force him to cease all duties as an educator, including his involvement in religious and sporting activities.

He is also required to report three times a week to Narellan Police Station and must not have unsupervised contact with a person under the age of 18.

His lawyers will be back in court in October to fight the charges.