Chris Dawson, the subject of hit podcast The Teacher’s Pet, has been charged with having sex with an underage girl during his time as a teacher at a Sydney school.
NSW Police said Dawson was charged with “carnal knowledge teacher of girl between the ages of 10 and 17” after an “exhaustive” investigation.
Detectives arrested the man, now aged 70, at Surry Hills Police Station.
“It’s a very serious charge, it does relate to a 1980s charge, hence [the use] of the term carnal knowledge,” Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec told reporters.
“The investigation covers a broad geographic area and a lot of people have come forward already.
“We seek to find justice for each and every victim and ensure the person [who] offended be brought before the court and answer for their criminal actions.”
Dawson will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on August 8.
Just hours earlier at the same court, Dawson formally pleaded not guilty to the murder of his wife Lynette, who disappeared from the Northern Beaches of Sydney in 1982.
The Teacher’s Pet is currently unavailable for download in Australia, pending Dawson’s trial. The Australian, publishers of the podcast, said they had “decided to restrict access to the podcast as we let justice run its course.”
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