Chris Dawson Found Guilty Of Sexual Relationship With Student
Former teacher Chris Dawson has been found guilty of entering into an unlawful relationship with an underage student.
Dawson plead not guilty in a NSW court on one count of carnal knowledge of a girl aged between 10 and 17.
The former school teacher is believed to have had a relationship with the student in 1980 when she was 16-years-old.
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A woman gave evidence that she and Dawson kissed inside a vehicle before engaging in sexual activity in Dawson’s parents’ home in 1980.
While Dawson admitted to a relationship with the woman when she was a student and when he was married to Lynette Dawson, he denied that she was 16-years-old at the time insisting she had recently turned 17.
Despite denying the claims, Judge Sarah Huggett said that the woman’s testimony was given in a “calm and responsive” manner and did not indicate deception.
“I do not find the complainant was motivated to give deliberately false evidence or that she was vindictive,” she said.
The judge also said that a card from Dawson to the witness in 1981 was “powerful evidence” that a sexual relationship was apparent.
During the woman’s testimony, she claimed that Dawson “groomed” her and that she was “singled out” before the relationship eventuated into sexual activity.
Dawson is set to face court on September 18 for sentencing and is currently serving a 24-year jail sentence for the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson.
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