A former police officer who now works as a teacher in Queensland has had the suspension of his registration continued after historical rape charges were laid.
The man, known only as DSM for legal reasons, is alleged to have raped a probationary female constable in 2001 while he was a sergeant in the Northern Territory.
The allegations are not related to DSM’s employment as a teacher.
The man told the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal that the complaint was “deliberately untrue and improperly motivated”.
DSM told the Tribunal that while he had a “brief flirtatious encounter” with the woman which was “immoral and unfaithful”, it was “entirely consensual”.
He also submitted character references from the principal and other staff at his school.
In delivering his judgment, Tribunal Member Glen Cranwell said that while his references were commendable, they were “not unusual nor extraordinary”.
He also noted that the Tribunal did not have access to the complainant’s statement, or other evidence that DSM may be relying upon in his defence of the charges.
“I find that this is not an exceptional case and that the suspension of teacher DSM’s teacher registration should continue,” Mr Cranwell said.