Former Malua Fou College teacher imprisoned for unlawful intimidation

The former Malua Fou College teacher covering his face from the cameras

By Maria Uaita

APIA: TUESDAY 07 APRIL 2015: Former teacher, Raymond Wright was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for uttering words to intimidate a student to have sexual intercourse with him.

The defendant was a teacher at Maluafou College at the time of the offence and the victim was one of his students.

Wright pleaded guilty to the incident to have occurred between 01 March to 31 May 2014.

According to the police report, the victim was cleaning the classroom with other classmates after school and the defendant approached the female student when she was alone in the classroom.

The Police report stated that the defendant kissed the victim and asked her to have sexual intercourse with him to which she said no.

The defendant then told the victim “if you do not comply with what I want I will surely get mad at you.”

The victim then acted accordingly to what the defendant asked of her.

“I believe this is out of character offending,” said Justice Elizabeth Aitken.

The court took into account that the defendant has no prior convictions.

In discussion before decision, the aggravating factors of this case involve the breach of position as a teacher and trust of the school and also the parents of the students attending the college.

Age disparity was also brought to the court’s attention.

The victim was 16 years old at the time of the offense while the defendant was 27 years old.

The court made a starting point of 10 months imprisonment for sentencing.

Justice Aitken deducted 25% from the penalty due to the defendant not having any prior conviction and another 25% for the apology that was made to the victim’s family.

Mr. Wright is sentenced to 3 months imprisonment and will also be under probation’s supervision for 12 months after serving his prison term.

Raymond Schuster was the defense counsel.

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