Sydney teacher Vasilious Kafataris has been charged with sex crimes

The girl is said to have warned Kafataris that her parents found out and was asked by him to deny it.

The prosecutor said the teenager’s parents “didn’t believe her” and so took her to the director and his deputy director, who encouraged her to report the matter to the police.

Namat said the girl initially issued a statement claiming the diary entry was an “expression of her obsession with the accused.” However, a week later, in a taped interview, she claimed that sexual activity did occur and told another assistant principal that the accused was her “boyfriend,” that they were sexually intimate, and that she loved him.”

On May 6, 2021, Kafataris was arrested at his Bankstown unit, where police allegedly found a photo of the girl on his bedside table, a school skirt in his bedroom, a vibrator and a laptop.

The prosecutor said Kafataris engaged in sexual activity with other students whom he called after school, gave them gifts, wrote poetry and complimented them.

She said Kafataris prepared another lunch for the complainants each day and placed it on her desk, saying: “This is for you, nobody else.”

The prosecutor said the Ministry of Education asked for an interview with the girl and the defendant called the complainant and said: “You have to help me, don’t do this interview.”

As for the third applicant, Kafataris told the girl they were “born again to be together” and bought her a card and necklace for her 16th birthday, the prosecutor said.

The Crown alleges that Kafataris would comment on the appearance of the fourth and final complainant, an 11th grade student, telling her: “Your uniform suits your curves, thighs and legs really well.”

The prosecutor said the proposed bias evidence would include Kafataris performing a “three-way kiss” with a female student in a pub, telling a girl about a “sexual dream” he had about her and commenting that a female student was cute and being pretty and that he was rubbing her back and hugging her.

Kafataris’ attorney, Rory McCrudden, chose not to make an opening statement. The trial, which is expected to last five weeks, will continue before Judge Craig Everson.

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Justin Scaccy

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