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Court jails ‘favourite teacher’ for sex abuse

Updated Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:17pm AEDT

A former primary school teacher has been jailed for sexually abusing a student of an Adelaide school.

During his trial in the District Court, Brett Ronald Macbeth, 41, was described as ‘everyone’s favourite teacher’.

The court heard he coached baseball and ran pedal prix for students.

Macbeth was found guilty of two counts of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy while teaching at Aberfoyle Park primary school, in April 2003.

The court heard the teacher had a sexual relationship with the teenager for months.

He was found guilty of abusing the child on a weekend when he took him to two hotels without his parents’ knowledge.

About 30 people were in court today to support Macbeth, who is married.

Judge Steven Millsteed jailed Macbeth for three years and nine months, with a minimum term of two years and three months.

The judge described the crime as a shameful breach of trust.

Adelaide teacher found guilty of sex abuse

Posted Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:12pm AEDT

A former Adelaide school teacher will spend his first night behind bars after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 12-year-old student.

A jury found 41-year-old Brett Ronald MacBeth guilty of two counts of indecently assaulting a boy student.

The former Aberfoyle Park Primary School teacher had been facing seven abuse charges, but the jury returned not guilty verdicts on five of them.

MacBeth’s lawyer urged Judge Steven Millsteed to grant bail to her client.

But the judge revoked MacBeth’s bail, saying his offending was too grave.

During the trial MacBeth had denied abusing the boy, but admitted that he had given the student a mobile telephone.

MacBeth also conceded that he had sent text messages to the boy that might be viewed as inappropriate.


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