A female teacher at Auckland’s Dilworth School has been struck off the teacher’s register, after her sexual relationships with two students three decades ago came to light.
The discovery was made in 2020 after police began investigating historical sexual abuse at the school.
It’s alleged Julia Brown, who began teaching at the school in 1995, when she was in her late 30s, had a sexual relationship with a former Form Seven (Year 13) student.
The relationship began after Brown accompanied recently graduated Dilworth students on an overseas trip, according to a report released today by the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.
Over the course of the trip, the student grew close to his former teacher, “possibly in the context of him feeling homesick”.
While it began with sitting next to each other on trains and buses, the relationship developed further, with Brown stroking her former student’s hair.
In another instance, the teacher confided in the student about “deeply personal matters” while sitting on the rooftop of a hotel.