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Ex-teacher admits abusing eight other boys

A former Dunedin teacher with a history of sexual assault has admitted to abusing eight other boys.

David Russell Bond (70), of Cromwell, appeared in Dunedin District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to 20 counts – all of indecent assault and indecent acts on boys between the ages of 12 and 16 years – spanning 14 years.

Today’s pleas from the former Otago Boys High School teacher ended a lengthy court case and barrister Anne Stevens QC has made no bail application.

However, she requested a report on Bond’s behalf which would assess the possibility of house arrest.

The accused has twice received electronic surveillance sentences for similar crimes.

In December 2020, he received four months of house arrest for indecent assault, committed while employed as a teacher at Otago Boys.

Bond offended on numerous occasions, between 1997 and 1999, when the victim watched or played basketball in the school gymnasium, the court heard.

He stood “very close” to the boy, who was between 13 and 15 at the time, and deliberately rubbed his hand against the victim’s shorts.

In 2014, he was also sentenced to four months of house arrest for assaults committed in the 1970s while teaching at another school.

While on a camping trip in the Mt Aspiring area, Bond slept next to the victim, who was awakened by the teacher constantly pressing against her buttocks and back.

The boy rolled over but was woken up again by Bond, who had put his hand inside the sleeping bag.

Ms Stevens asked Judge David Robinson to withhold the summary of facts due to vigilante attacks on her client’s property which she said occurred every time his name was published.

People would have less incentive to throw objects at Bond’s house and tag its fence if the details of the case remained under wraps, she argued.

The judge denied the request.

Bond will be sentenced in June.