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2nd teacher jailed


Former School Principal Jailed On Historic Sex Charges
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Voxy News Engine Wednesday, 15 September, 2010 - 17:08 Auckland, Sept 15 NZPA - The former principal of two Maori Catholic boys' schools has been jailed for eight years and four months for historic sex crimes against pupils.

Elvis Dobson Shepherd, 49, sexually abused students at the Hato Petera College on Auckland's North Shore in the early 1990s but the abuse did not come to light until 2007 when he was principal of the Hato Paora College in Feilding.

He was convicted in July this year on charges of sexually abusing two students while he was living and teaching at the North Shore school and was sentenced in the High Court in Palmerston North today.

After his conviction the Hato Paora College said the school was a safer place for students because of changes made since Shepherd was charged.

College board of trustees chairman Peter Douglas said more stringent checks were made on everyone applying for a position at the school.

Shepherd, also known as Tihirau Shepherd, was convicted of the offences after a third trial after two earlier juries could not reach verdicts.

Shepherd had worked at Hato Paora since about 2001.

He was the second teacher from Hato Petera College to be jailed for sexually abusing students.

In May, 2001, Kaperiere Petera Leef, a teacher and head of religious studies, was jailed for three and a half years on charges of sexual violation and indecent assault involving five boys, aged between 13 and 15.

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