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Former teacher Troy Darren Porter faces jail for stalking schoolgirl

  • by: Kay Dibben
  • From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
  • December 18, 2011 12:00AM

TEACHER Troy Darren Porter was convicted of indecent treatment of a young student two years ago, but walked free from court.

He escaped jail because he had already been in custody for 248 days leading up to his trial for exposing the then six-year-old girl to indecent acts. He was, however, ordered to stay away from the student.

The Attorney-General appealed the sentence, saying it was too lenient. The appeal was unsuccessful.

But if the appeal had been upheld and Porter had been locked up, the victim and her family would have been spared the trauma of Porter’s sick obsession, because he started stalking the girl again.

Fifteen months after the judge told him to stay away, Porter showed up at the girl’s school swimming carnival.

On November 18 last year, he left his parents’ Sunshine Coast home, which has a swimming pool, and drove 90km past 29 public pools to the Brisbane leisure centre where the girl was swimming with her class.
Porter then walked past the girl, who is now 10, winking at her as she waited for friends outside a change room.

On December 9, Brisbane Magistrate Judith Daley found Porter had deliberately planned his trip to the leisure centre in November last year, knowing the girl’s Year 5 class would be there.

A Taskforce Argos police investigation discovered that Porter found out where the girl would be by accessing a newsletter about the swimming carnival on her school website, a favourite site on his internet search engine.

The court heard Porter first met the girl as a trusted primary school teacher who had befriended her parents, sometimes sleeping over at the family’s house and having them stay at his home.

His obsession with the girl was even evident while he was on bail awaiting sentencing for the original offence. He went to the girl’s new school and called her over to the fence.

When Porter was sentenced in August 2009 for indecent treatment of the girl, he was freed but ordered to have no contact with her for two years and not to go within 200m of her school.

This time he is likely to go to prison. Magistrate Daley found Porter guilty of breaching the non-contact order and he is now waiting to be sentenced in Brisbane District Court. Porter has been released on bail.

Police also are seeking a civil order that could bar him from going near the girl or contacting her in future.

Hetty Johnstone of child protection group Bravehearts said the Attorney-General had been proved right and Porter should be jailed.

“This is highly predatory behaviour and a red flag,” Ms Johnstone said.

“He is stalking this little girl and harassing her.

“The court must respond accordingly, in favour of this little girl, and lock this guy away.”

Porter now works at a Sunshine Coast liquor barn.

 

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