A teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student at a Sydney school was just weeks away from marrying her boyfriend of six years, as she is pictured for the first time.
Monica Elizabeth Young, 23, did not apply for bail when she fronted Parramatta Bail Court just before midday on Saturday via videolink.
Young is charged with ten offences – including multiple counts of aggravated sexual intercourse of a child aged between 14 and 16 over a span of weeks.
Teacher Monica Elizabeth Young, 23, (pictured) is alleged to have sexually assaulted a young student on school grounds
A female school teacher (pictured) has been arrested and charged over allegations a 14-year-old student was sexually assaulted
Her fiancee has revealed the couple had been in a relationship for six years.
Young was also charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touching a child, intentionally inciting a child to sexually touch and two related offences.
The teenage student was allegedly assaulted on and off school property over the course of a month, though it has not been confirmed if the student was a pupil of the female teacher.
Police launched an investigation earlier this week before descending on a suburban Greenacre home in Sydney on Friday.
It is understood the investigation was sparked when the 14-year-old student made the allegations.
Officers were filmed escorting the woman out of the premises before seizing a car and electronic devices
Young is accused of sexually assaulting the teenager on five occasions at locations associated with the Sydney school.
Magistrate Karen Robinson on Saturday ordered the names of any witnesses, potential witnesses, and the name of the school could not be published.
She did not, however, order Young’s name be suppressed despite an application from her defence lawyer.
Young remained silent throughout the hearing, speaking only to confirm she could hear proceedings via videolink and to confirm her name and when directly asked by the magistrate.
‘No worries, thank you,’ she replied after being told her matter was adjourned until Monday at Bankstown Local Court.
Detective acting superintendent Michael Haddow described the alleged crimes as ‘abhorrent’
Young’s phone and computer were seized as part of ongoing police investigations.
Following her arrest, Detective Acting Superintendent Michael Haddow advised parents to communicate openly with their children about their activities.
‘With the number of online communication applications increasing, it is very important to reaffirm the dangers associated with online conversations,’ he said in a statement.
‘If [children] encounter something or someone they are not comfortable with, we encourage them to speak to a person they trust, who can then let our investigators know.’
The teacher was taken to Bankstown Police Station where she was charged with ten offences
The NSW Department of Education said in a statement it was aware of an alleged incident involving a staff member
Source: Daily Mail AU