24 Sep 2020

Auckland school teacher sentenced to three years in jail

11:30 am on 24 September 2020

A former Auckland school teacher who was found guilty of abusing four teenage boys has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Former Auckland high school teacher Benjy Swann has appeared in the Auckland High Court and is accused of doing indecent acts on boys.

Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Benjamin Swann, 56, was sentenced at the High Court in Auckland this morning by Justice Moore.

Justice Moore told Swann the evidence against him was strong, and he had abused the students' trust as their teacher and role model.

Swann pleaded not guilty to 10 charges of doing an indecent act on a young person.

He denies abusing four teenage boys who have each given evidence against during a retrial.

The jury of six women and six men found Swann guilty of five of the 10 charges he faced, but it was unable to reach a verdict on the other five.