'Sex pest' teacher case postponed

The case against the Hyde Park teacher has been postponed to January.

The case against the Hyde Park High School ‘sex pest’ teacher has been postponed until January 2014 to allow police more time to investigate and consult with witnesses. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The case against the Hyde Park High School 'sex pest' teacher has been postponed until January 2014 to allow police more time to investigate and consult with witnesses.

The teacher's case was the first to be called in courtroom three of the Alexandra Magistrates Court.

Because both sides had agreed to the postponement and there were no objections, the Magistrate confirmed a new date and stood the matter down.

The teacher's bail has been extended and he will now return to the dock on 22 January.

It is understood investigators are still waiting for photographs, allegedly sent by the teacher to his pupil, to be analysed.

Due to the nature of the crime the suspect cannot be named until he has pleaded to the charges

Last month, Eyewitness News revealed how the male teacher was suspended and criminally charged after allegedly sending a sexually suggestive photograph of himself to a pupil.

In the picture, the teacher was sitting in a bathtub while holding his genitals.

The pupil's mother, who found the image on her son's cellphone, then engaged in a WhatsApp conversation with the teacher pretending to be her son, and immediately alerted authorities.

The case was postponed without any objections.

The teacher appeared on charges relating to child pornography.

TEACHER RESIGNS

This week, Eyewitness News revealed the teacher, who is out on bail, handed in his resignation.

But the Gauteng Department of Education is forcing him to work out a lengthy notice period in order to bring him before a disciplinary hearing.

If he is found guilty and dismissed, he won't be allowed to teach at a state school.