“A Melbourne music teacher and his boyfriend have admitted to more than 60 child sex offences between them, including performing sexual acts in front of minors and sexual assault,” news.com.au reported.
Couple Benjamin John Heels and Tristan Dayle Cullinan-Smayle, both 33, pleaded guilty to the charges before Judge Helen Symes in the County Court of Victoria on Thursday.
“Heels, an ex-music teacher at Fountain Gate Secondary College in Narren Warren in Melbourne’s populous southeast, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16 in the suburb of Pakenham from January to May last year,” the outlet added.
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He also notified the court of his intention to plead guilty to more charges of sexually assaulting a minor, sexual activity in the presence of a child, using a carriage service to transmit child sex abuse material and possessing child sex abuse material.
Cullinan-Smayle pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to encourage a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity with him in Berwick in 2017.
He also said he intended to plead guilty to charges of transmitting child pornography, possessing child abuse material, and using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material.
Daily Mail provided further details:
The teacher also worked on multiple musical productions, including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, with some of the performances involving kids.
Photos from his social media pages show Heels dressed up as a clown and wearing Harry Potter-themed, Slytherin house pyjamas.
The pair both appeared from Hopkins Correctional Centre and will face court again in February next year, NCA reported.
The couple’s vile acts rocked the tight-knit Narre Warren community, in Melbourne’s southeast.
One mother of a student who attended Fountain Gate Secondary College earlier told Daily Mail Australia that Heels did individual lessons with the kids – including her young son – who he taught for a year and a half.
‘I felt utterly sick and extremely stressed,’ she said upon learning the teacher was a paedophile.