‘Lesbian affair’ teacher to stand trial

Sean Fewster, Court Reporter: The Advertiser | June 10, 2008


A SENIOR Education Department official accused of having a 22-month lesbian affair with a female student will be tried by judge alone.

Leonie Beverly Pech today told the District Court she wanted her case to be heard by judge alone, in the absence of a jury.

The 42-year-old, of Prospect, pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecent assault and eight counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.

Court documents allege Pech committed 10 offences against a female student, who cannot be identified.

She is accused of indecently assaulting the girl at Highbury between February 28, 1994, and April 1, 1994.

She is further alleged to have indecently assaulted the girl at Prospect between May 2, 1994 and July 8, 1994.

The remaining eight counts allege Pech had unlawful sexual intercourse with the girl.

Those offences allegedly occurred at Prospect between May 2, 1994 and July 8, 1994, as well as between October 17, 1994 and December 23, 1994.

Further offences allegedly occurred at Modbury on April 5, 1995, at Modbury and Cowell between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 1995, and at Hope Valley between May 1, 1995 and July 7, 1995.

Until recently, Pech served as the Education Department’s manager of music programs, including the Children’s Music Festival.

She was remanded on continuing bail to face court again next month.

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