Hamilton teacher denies charges involving 11-year-old boy

THE trial of a Hamilton teacher charged with offences allegedly involving an 11-year-old boy is expected to start in the Warrnambool County Court today.

Diane Marie Brimble, 46, has pleaded not guilty to 10 offences, including committing indecent acts and being a person with a duty of care taking action that resulted in a child suffering significant harm. 

She has also been charged with using a telecommunications device to procure a child aged under 16 years, to groom a child and to indecently communicate with a child.

Ms Brimble is alleged to have formed a relationship with a boy between January 1 and April 14 last year. 

The charges allege Ms Brimble,  a mother of eight, exposed her breasts and attempted to hug a child aged under 16 years in Hamilton last year, kissed a child on the lips, hugged and kissed the child on the cheek and hugged and stroked the back of the child’s neck. 

During legal argument yesterday Judge Mark Taft decided not to grant a suppression order applied for by the prosecution.

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