A STAFF member suspended from a New England school has denied fresh child sex allegations and will go straight to trial.
The 23-year-old, who is being held in custody, appeared via video link in Armidale Local Court on Wednesday, where four fresh charges of having sexual intercourse with a child under special care were laid.
The fresh charges were triggered after more alleged victims came forward earlier this year.
Detectives allege the woman, whose identity is suppressed by order of the court, had sexual intercourse with four boys under the age of 18, three of whom were allegedly under her care, and one who was allegedly under the age of 16.
The name, location and type of school has been suppressed by the court with an extensive non-publication order placed on much of the details surrounding the case, to protect the alleged victims.
Agent solicitor Clive Sharkey tendered a signed waiver of committal, electing to head straight to the district court for trial on 11 charges.
One charge of persistent child sex abuse – an offence that carries a maximum of life imprisonment – was withdrawn by the DPP.
Magistrate Michael Holmes committed the accused for trial and a date will now be selected during a brief mention of the case in Sydney in June “Bail is not applied for and bail is refused,” he told the woman.
“Thank you your majesty,” the accused replied.
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