Former teacher escapes jail

A former Gippsland Grammar teacher who pleaded guilty to historical child sex offences has received a suspended sentence.
A former Gippsland Grammar teacher who pleaded guilty to historical child sex offences has received a suspended sentence.

FORMER Gippsland Grammar school teacher Phillip Douglas Hazeldine has escaped jail after a judge handed him a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years, for sexually assaulting a boy on a school camp.

Sentenced on Tuesday, Hazeldine, 72 from Ballarat, pleaded guilty at the Latrobe Valley County Court last week to unlawfully and indecently assaulting the boy multiple times in the 1980s.

He had been employed as a special education teacher at Gippsland Grammar's junior campus between 1971 and 1987, and had been jailed in 1998 over similar offences at the school.

For more read Friday's Gippsland Times.

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