A former Sydney instructor has prevented jail regardless of pleading responsible to having indecently assaulted one in all her college students over 40 years in the past.
Lee Dunbar walked free from Downing Centre Court on Friday after receiving an 18 month sentence to be served locally fairly than behind bars.
The now 69-year-old admitted to forcing herself on a feminine pupil within the Nineteen Eighties, after inviting the lady again to her flat in Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
At the time of the assault, Dunbar was a 26-year-old P.E. instructor at Beacon Hill High School, the place her 17-year-old sufferer was a pupil.
Dunbar had beforehand served jail time for the same assault on one other former pupil, for which she was convicted in 1996.
In the newest case, Dunbar’s sufferer got here ahead after listening to a podcast about inappropriate relationships between academics and college students on Sydney’s Northern Beaches within the Nineteen Seventies.
“In 2018, the victim, then aged 55, was listening to a podcast about sexually inappropriate conduct of teachers on the Northern Beaches towards students,” Judge Pauline David mentioned throughout sentencing.
“There was much reference to a strike force that had been established to investigate such matters
“The victim asked her husband to call that Strike Force, which he did, and an investigation commenced into this allegation.”
The assault occurred after Dunbar invited the sufferer again to her flat in Manly to take heed to music.
While on the flat, the pair sat on cushions on the ground, at which level Dunbar abruptly and forcefully kissed her.
“The victim froze because she was scared, confused and sexually inexperienced,” Judge David mentioned.
Dunbar went on to the touch the sufferer’s breasts, nipples and personal components, in addition to digitally penetrate her.
The courtroom heard Dunbar had “groomed” her sufferer within the lead as much as the assault – spending time along with her and making her “feel special”.
“[Dunbar] would visit the victim at hospital when she was admitted for surgery and would sometimes go to the victim’s home for afternoon tea,” Judge David mentioned.
“At other times she would take the victim out for milkshakes and cake and drive her to sports games.
“The offender made her victim feel special.”
Twice, Dunbar confirmed up unannounced at Lake Tabourie on NSW’s south coast when the sufferer was on vacation there along with her household, the courtroom heard.
In a name recorded by police, the sufferer spoke with Dunbar to confront her concerning the crime, throughout which she admitted what she did was unsuitable and that there was an influence imbalance between the 2.