A female high school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy and sending him inappropriate Snapchat messages has pleaded not guilty.
Sydney geography teacher Monica Elizabeth Young, 23, entered her pleas at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday.
She denies the teenager’s claims and pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including five counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with a child.
Sydney geography teacher Monica Elizabeth Young (pictured with fiance), 23, entered her pleas at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday
The 23-year-old’s case will be arraigned for trial in the District Court on January 29, NCA Newswire reported.
Ms Young was arrested at her home in Sydney’s south-west on July 10 last year.
The geography teacher denies she sexually abused a 14-year-old boy
Police will allege CCTV caught Ms Young touching her teenage student’s groin at a fast food chain.
She also allegedly exchanged explicit images on social media and told the boy “I’m waiting for you” on Snapchat alongside an image of her lying in bed.
Court documents alleged the offending occurred between June 24 and July 6, 2020.
Justice Stephen Campbell granted Ms Young bail at the New South Wales Supreme Court on August 13.
Justice Campbell said the allegations against Young were ‘frankly shocking and serious’, but noted she had a presumption of innocence.
He granted her strict conditional bail with ‘house arrest’ style conditions at her grandmother’s home in south-west Sydney.
TIMELINE OF CHARGES AGAINST MONICA YOUNG:
* June 24: Police claim Young allegedly twice had sexual intercourse with a boy, 14, in her care and sexually touched him
* July 3: Young is accused of sexually touching the boy and having sexual intercourse with him three times
* July 4 to July 6: Young is accused of doing a sexual act toward a child and inciting him to do it toward her.
A well-placed source said this charge relates to her allegedly sending an explicit Snapchat video and asking for one in return
* July 10: Young is arrested at home and charged. Fiance says he’s doesn’t believe the charges
* July 13: Young is refused bail; lawyer denies ‘sexual impropriety’
* July 20: Young’s Supreme Court bail bid is briefly mentioned at the Supreme Court
* July 30: A second local court bail bid is refused
* August 13: Young is granted bail by the New South Wales Supreme Court