Police: Hamilton teacher 'groomed' boy, 11

A FEMALE primary school teacher will face a Warrnambool court committal hearing in May charged with committing indecent acts with an 11-year-old boy.

Diane Marie Brimble, 46, of Hamilton, has now been charged with 10 offences, including being a person with a duty of care taking action that resulted in a child suffering significant harm and six counts of committing indecent acts.

She has also been charged with using a carriage service (telecommunications devices) to procure a child aged under 16 years, to groom a child and to indecently communicate with a child.

Three additional charges of committing indecent acts have been filed since Ms Brimble’s first court appearance at Hamilton in early December last year.

Police allege that while the boy was staying at her home Ms Brimble exposed her breasts, tried to hug him and asked him to hop in bed with her.

One charge alleges Ms Brimble asked the child to sleep with her and told him he could use items in a suitcase which contained a pregnancy test, condoms, truth or dare cards and sex toys.

Ms Brimble is alleged to have grabbed the boy, hugged him, kissed him on the lips and stroked his head, neck, arms and the side of his body.

Police previously told a magistrate that Ms Brimble formed a relationship with the boy between January 1 last year and April 14.

The matter was reported to police in mid-November last year by the boy’s mother and Ms Brimble was arrested soon after.

Police do not believe a sexual relationship developed.

Yesterday, Ms Brimble appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court for a committal mention.

The case was adjourned for a one-day committal hearing on May 15 when six witnesses are expected to give evidence — four civilians and two police officers. Ms Brimble had her bail extended until the next court date.

Warrnambool police sexual offences and child abuse investigation team unit commander Chris Asenjo previously said that due to the circumstances surrounding the case police officers had acted quickly.

Detective Sergeant Asenjo said police officers had examined Facebook postings and messages sent between the accused and the young boy.

He said police did not believe the boy had been physically harmed, but claimed there had been a psychological and emotional impact.

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