Derek James McCarthy
An Auckland teacher convicted of sexually molesting a 9-year-old pupil had already been marched from the classroom at another school for accessing child porn - but was not struck off the register of teachers.
Education Minister Steve Maharey last night ordered an urgent report on how Derek James McCarthy was able to continue teaching.
McCarthy was found guilty in the Manukau District Court this week of molesting the boy at Weymouth Primary School in Manurewa in 2005.
Police said McCarthy, 36, would create situations where he was alone with the boy, then touch him sexually.
A police summary said McCarthy took the boy for "tutoring sessions", including one where he said he would touch the boy's penis if he did not answer multiplication questions correctly.
The boy then failed to answer, "What is 6 x 12?"
Weekend Herald inquiries have revealed that McCarthy was found to have been looking at child porn on a school computer at Mt Carmel Primary School in Meadowbank in 1999.
He left the school after a board of trustees investigation.
Mt Carmel notified the then-Teachers Registration Board of McCarthy's "serious misconduct".
A hearing was held, but McCarthy was not struck off.
He left teaching for a time, but in 2004 applied again for registration - which the Teachers Council allowed even though the Mt Carmel misconduct file remained on his record.
McCarthy has taught at other Auckland schools, including Remuera Primary.
Date of Birth
1971 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentence to be updated (something around the ten year mark is expected)
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