Esperance man granted name suppression

The Esperance teacher allegedly caught with child exploitation material cannot be named. AN Esperance man accused of using a mobile phone to indecently record children will not be named.

The man appeared in the Esperance Magistrate’s court on Monday afternoon facing charges including two counts of indecently recording a child under the age of 13, two counts of indecently recording a child between the ages of 13 and 16; possessing child exploitation material and regulation of use and installation and maintenance of optical surveillance devices.

An application for name suppression was made at the beginning of the man’s appearance, which was approved by the Magistrate. The media was then removed from the court house during his appearance.

The man was refused bail. He was being transferred to Perth and would next appear in the Esperance Magistrate’s Court on Friday via video link.

The Department of Education confirmed the man had worked for them and had sent a letter home to parents through different Esperance schools on Monday.

“Regardless he will not be able to work at any school while these matters remain under investigation by police and the courts,” the letter said.

“Because the matter is currently subject to a court process our Department is restricted in the amount of detailed information it can provide as we must be sure not to compromise any investigation,” it read.

The letter also stated that the teacher “was criminally screened prior to his appointment and he has held a Working with Children Check card during his employment with the department”.

Esperance Detectives said the charges related to a series of indecent video recordings taken on a phone which was handed to them on Friday evening.

Detective Sergeant Darryl Noye said as part of the investigation, detectives executed a search warrant at an Esperance house on Saturday and seized a number of electronic devices, including mobile phones, computers, storage devices and micro optical recording devices. All of the items will be further analysed. The man was taken into custody on Saturday.

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