A former primary school teacher accused of indecent dealings allegedly sat a female student on his lap and kissed her in an empty classroom, a Darwin court has heard.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of indecent dealings with children and one count of aggravated assault.
On Tuesday, one of the alleged victim’s mothers read aloud a text conversation from earlier in the year in which her daughter told her about an incident in 2013 when she was in grade six.
“It happened five years ago, the court will tell me to get over it,” the girl, now in Year 11, wrote.
“He used to get me in the f***ing classroom alone to talk about how s**t you people are and then he’d sit me on his lap so I was facing him.
“Then he grabbed the front of my shorts and pulled them forward, along with my underwear, and when I’d ask what he was doing he’d say he’s only looking.
“Then this b**ch f***ing kisses me on the lips.”
The girl’s mother said she was in disbelief when she saw the messages and took her daughter to the police to make a statement the following day.
The woman also told the court her daughter had lied about unrelated things when she was in primary school and had initially said the man had not touched her when she had asked.
“You were like the boy who cried wolf and then something serious happened,” the mother wrote to her daughter.
“I know exactly what f***ing happened, that s**t went on for months how the f**k could I ever forget,” her daughter replied.
When the woman told her daughter she had always seemed happy around the man, her daughter replied: “Of course I didn’t seem uncomfortable, I was a fucking child”.
Under cross-examination, the girl’s mother admitted she had, in anger, called her daughter a compulsive liar and admitted she’d been doubtful during the exchange earlier this year.
“You express a great deal of doubt about whether she’s telling the truth in this text messages exchange,” the man’s lawyer, Giles O’Brien-Hartcher, said.
“Yes,” she replied.
But she said she did not think her daughter was lying about the 2013 incident.