22 C
Byron Shire
March 7, 2021

North-coast teacher jailed on child-sex charges

Latest News

Police exchange gun fire at Dunoon – man arrested

At a media conference outside the Lismore police station this morning, Acting Superintendent Susan Johnston, Commander, Richmond Police Area Command, said that a man has been charged over an incident at Dunoon last night.

Other News

Ben Hamilton riding for kids with cancer

Ballina man Ben Hamilton is riding his bike 500km to help young kids with cancer.

Shores United win local derby in season opener

Shores United FC began their season in the Anzac Cup B football competition with a 3-1 win over local rivals the Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC last Sunday.

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Taxpayers paying through the nose for the destruction of Casino to Murwillumbah train line

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores  On 14 January, 2015 The Echo comment ‘Railroaded’ quoted Don Page’s (Nationals then MP for Ballina) 2004...

Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

Byron Bay High School. Photo courtesy Byron Bay High School
Byron Bay High School. Convicted paedophile Peter Wayne Scott was arrested while working at the school in 2012. Photo courtesy Byron Bay High School

A man who taught for eight years at Mullumbimby High and later at Byron High and Kingscliff TAFE has been jailed for 14 years on a range of child-sex charges.

Peter Wayne Scott taught art in the state school system for more than 40 years while simultaneously making music videos for bands including the Divynils, Mental as Anything and the Choirboys.

He was arrested while still working at Byron High in 2012, although he had by that time been moved to administrative duties.

Downing Centre Local Court heard how Scott, while a teacher at Cromer High School on Sydney’s northern beaches in the 1980s, had plied teenage male students with marijuana and other drugs and then had sex with them.

He has been convicted of 13 child-sex offences committed between 1984 and 1986.

None of the convictions relate to Scott’s time teaching on the northern rivers but one of the victims speculated at the trial as to how many students he may have abused over his 40-year career.

‘It’s a fantastic result but with a guy who’s had 40 years in teaching, you have to wonder if other people he abused are still out there,’ he said.

Scott was considered ‘cool’ by the kids, opening up the school’s music rooms for after-hours jam sessions and using the van of his music business, B Sharp Productions, to take kids surfing.

His modus operandi included singling out vulnerable students and taking them into a storeroom or a secluded spot to smoke a joint, after which he would sexually abuse them.

Another victim recounted how he was unable to react when Scott first got him stoned and then began performing oral sex on him in a school storeroom.

‘It was happening two or three times a week but because I couldn’t narrow down the dates for a lot of the incidents they couldn’t lay extra charges,’ the survivor told The Sun-Herald after the final trial concluded.

‘He said ‘if anyone finds out I’m going to turn it all around and tell them you did it and they’re going to believe me because I’m the teacher’.

‘You just sat there going, ‘what’s going on?’ You couldn’t tell your mates because most of them thought he was cool and because you didn’t talk to your mates about that stuff.’

Judge Sarah Hugett at sentencing hearing in the Downing Centre District Court last week, ‘These acts were carried out by a teacher who adults trusted and who students thought was ‘cool and nice’.

‘‘He is appropriately described as a sexual predator.’’

She added that his offences were in ‘the most serious category’.

Read Paul Bibby’s full SMH report here.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Byron carjacker and stolen vehicle still not found

Police say that a man carjacked a 17-year-old in Byron Bay just before midnight on Friday.

Man arrested after shots fired in Dunoon

A police report says a 63-year-old man man has been arrested following multiple public place shots fired overnight.

Police operation Billinudgel Nature Reserve

Gary Opit, Brunswick Heads On 22 February residents on Jones Road noticed a major police operation with officers from eight police cars and associated dogs entering...

Thanks David Gile – but on Musk

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra I want to thank David Gilet for his appreciation of the thoughts I’ve shared here. It’s very welcome as I’ve been equally...