A Northern Tasmanian teacher has been removed from school and an investigation begun into historical sexual allegations against him.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff told State Parliament on Wednesday the teacher was removed from school on Tuesday and would be formally suspended today.
It has been reported that the teacher sexually abused a year nine student in the late 1980s and got her pregnant.
It is believed he left the school but some years late was re-employed in a government school.
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Mr Rockliff said he had been told the Department of Education did not have previous knowledge of the matter.
“The secretary of the Department of Education has also advised me that this person will be formally suspended from duty today and an official investigation will commence immediately into their actions,” he said.
“The Department of Education has referred this matter to the police and the Department of Justice has also been informed.
“Allegations of this nature are taken extremely seriously.
“I would urge anyone who has any information about child sexual abuse to report it to Tasmania Police.”
The government was unable to say where the man was currently teaching.
If this matter has raised any issues for you the following support services are available:
- 1800 Respect
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) on 1800 697 877
- Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277