Teacher ‘groomed boy for sex’ as school notified parents of her actions

A teacher has been accused of grooming a boy for sex as a school in Australia. warns parents of the allegations.

ABC news reports that Ammy Singleton, the South Australian relief teacher, has been charged with grooming a boy.

Prosecutors have asked for more time to gather evidence in the case of a teacher but lawyers for Singleton say that the 12-week period requested is "excessive".

According to court documents, the alleged offending is said to have taken place in Port Augusta, South Australia between November 1 and 30 last year.

Today, prosecutors told the Port Augusta Magistrates Court that they needed a further 12 weeks to analyse electronic evidence and to meet with the alleged victim and his family.

Ms Singleton was arrested on December 23 last year and first appeared in court on February 14.

The 28-year-old former teacher – who has been described as a ‘sporting role model’ – is accused of making a child amenable to sexual activity and is expected to be back in court again in July.

The news station says the principal of a Port Augusta school sent a letter to pupils’ parents about her arrest

In February, Port Augusta West Primary School principal David Lawton wrote to parents telling them that Singleton, who was a temporary relief teacher at the school for just one day, had been charged with a child sex offence.

The letter stressed that Ms Singleton only taught at the school on one occasion in July 2020.

"The incident does not involve any students at our school and the information available to the school suggests there is no need for any concern for any children at our school," it read.

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Mr Lawton added that "Ms Singleton has bail conditions that prevent her from engaging in any child-related work

Seeking to ease parents' worries, he said ”I understand this is distressing information,” and said “If you have any concerns about the safety and welfare of your child, please feel free to contact me directly at the school”.

Ms Singleton is due to appear in court in Port Augusta again on July 20.

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