Sex abuse teacher struck off register

  • 09/12/2015
Sex abuse teacher struck off register

A teacher who was jailed for sexually abusing one of her young students has been struck off the teachers' register.

Stacey Reriti, 31, was late last month sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after she was found guilty of seven sexual assault charges over her three-year relationship with the schoolboy while he was a student at her school.

The boy was 10-years-old when the offending began.

Education Council conduct manager Andrew Greig says the fact Reriti has been struck off the register means it's unlikely she'll ever be able to teach again.

"Parents need assurance people like Reriti will never again be near children in an education setting," he said.

"Reriti grossly abused the unique position of trust teachers are in. It is entirely inappropriate for her to be a teacher ever again."

A legal process must be followed to strike someone off the register and Mr Greig said this was fast-tracked in Reriti's case.

"While she hasn't been in a classroom for a long time, this sends a signal the council will take steps to expedite the process of removing such teachers from the register."

There are more than 100,000 registered teachers in New Zealand and Mr Greig said cases like this one are "very rare" in that context.

"The teaching profession is one of the biggest in New Zealand. As such, and unfortunately, there are cases like Reriti's, but its still important to remember they are terrible aberrations," he said.

"By far the vast majority of teachers are professional, caring, committed and safe."

Another teacher, Raymond George Melrose, has also been struck off the teachers' register after he was convicted of indecency offences against an underage male.