THE Wynberg Regional Court has sentenced teacher Duncan Phillips, 27, to 18 months suspended for four years for sexual grooming of a pupil.
He had sent a 14-year-old boy an SMS of a “sexual nature”.
After his sentencing yesterday his name was listed in the Sexual Offences Register.
The court heard
Phillips had run a market at which the pupil’s father had a stall. Phillips sent a Facebook-friend request to the boy and after the pupil accepted Phillips began to chat on the BlackBerry Messenger service.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said: “Initially, they (Phillips and the boy) chatted about school, sports and everyday life.
“Soon Phillips sent a message of a ‘sexual nature’ to the boy.
“When the pupil’s mother found the message she called the police who arrested him immediately.”
The message read: “(You) must stretch your d*** while wanking and also, another hand around your d*** would be amazing.”
The boy and his mother testified in court.
Phillips admitted sending the message, but said he had not intended committing a sexual offence.
The court found that the mere sending of the message with a sexual undertone was a criminal offence.
The magistrate said Phillips’ actions were of a sexual nature and that made him guilty of the offence he was charged with.
“The NPA welcomes this sentence,” Ntabazalila said.