Teacher arrested for sex, drug crimes
A NORTHERN Rivers teacher accused of drugging three of his male students before sexually assaulting them more than 20 years ago has been arrested.
Following an intensive two-year investigation led by police from the Northern Beaches Local Area Command, detectives swooped on a home in South Golden Beach on Tuesday where they arrested a 61-year-old male resident.
Peter Scott is accused of sexually assaulting three male students between 1984 and 1985 when he taught at a high school on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
It is alleged he gave his victims drugs before he assaulted them.
Channel Nine reported the victims have told police they were given amphetamines, heroin and cannabis.
The Northern Star understands Scott moved to Byron Bay in the late 1980s.
He worked as a teacher at Mullumbimby High School before taking up a position as the visual arts teacher at Byron Bay High School until 2010.
It is understood Scott then stayed on as a casual teacher at Byron Bay High School.
A Department of Education and Communities spokesman said the teacher had been moved into a role that was away from students.
"Upon becoming aware of the police investigation, the department moved the teacher concerned to administrative duties away from students, where he will stay until the charges are dealt with," he said.
"Current court proceedings make it inappropriate for the department to comment further on the matter at this time."
Scott also operates his own production company, B#Sharp Productions, and describes himself on his website as an "artist, film maker and educator."
Scott has been charged with nine offences including administer intoxicating substance to commit an indictable offence, indecent assault and supply prohibited drug.
He appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court on Tuesday where he was granted conditional bail to reappear in Lismore Local Court on March 12.