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Teacher accused of sexual assault of teen student to have charges combed

A western Sydney teacher charged with the alleged sexual assault of a teen student will have the allegations against her combed over by police prosecutors.Monica Young was due to face Burwood Local Court on Wednesday however she did not appear after her solicitor emailed the court asking for a six-week adjournment.The 23-year-old is facing up…

A western Sydney teacher charged with the alleged sexual assault of a teen student will have the allegations against her combed over by police prosecutors.

Monica Young was due to face Burwood Local Court on Wednesday however she did not appear after her solicitor emailed the court asking for a six-week adjournment.

The 23-year-old is facing up to 12 years in jail if convicted after she was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old male student.

She has been charged with 10 offences, including five counts of aggravated sexual assault, with police alleging she had several sexual encounters with the teenager between June 24 and July 6.

After being bailed by the NSW Supreme Court last month, she was due to appear in court in person for the first time on Wednesday but instead her matter was mentioned briefly.

She will next appear in court on October 14 for charge certification.

The court heard a partial brief of evidence had been served, with prosecutors now set to review her charges and it will be decided which matters will proceed to the District Court.

Ms Young has been accused of sexually assaulting the teenager on five occasions including in her car and at school.

The court has heard previously that allegedly she sent him suggestive Snapchat messages including one of her lying in bed with the caption “I’m waiting for you.”

However her defence have attacked the prosecution case, saying a piece of CCTV evidence was “exaggerated”.

It’s been alleged that the CCTV showed Ms Young’s hands moving towards the teenager’s groin and her placing the teen’s hands inside her tights, however her lawyers have argued that it did not show any sexual assault and that the vision was obscured by a table.

She has argued through her lawyers that she was “foolish” to meet up with the student after school hours but has denied there was any sexual assault.

The court has previously heard that more charges could be laid as investigations continue.

After being arrested at her Greenacre home in July, she was bailed by the NSW Supreme Court last month and released from Silverwater Correctional Complex.

She was released on strict conditions including that she not contact her alleged victim and his family and that she live with her grandmother.

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