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1. A student has sued her former teacher for $1.2 million after seven years of sexual abuse.
A 27-year-old woman, who can only be identified as “B”, has sued her former maths and sports teacher, a reported “sexual predator”, for years of sexual abuse.
In the landmark case, B sued Reineker for personal trespass in the NSW Supreme Court. She argued that her former teacher impregnated her twice, caused her to have suicidal thoughts and and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Justice Christine Adamson ordered Reineker to pay B more than $1.2 million in compensation for the irreparable damages he caused her.
In her evidence, B testified that she first met her former teacher at 12, when her parents moved to Moree. Following her troubles with maths, it was alleged that Reineker offered to tutor B in maths and he quickly began to make sexual advances towards the young girl.
In 2002, the court heard that Reineker’s sexual behaviour escalated after he convinced her to have sex with him in a classroom, which became a regular practice on afternoons and weekends.
On B’s 15th birthday, the court heard, Reineker came to her family home and had sex with her in her bathroom. Following this escalation, B began to a destructive course of self-harm.
The court also heard that when B was 17 years old, Reineker threatened to take her life unless she aborted her pregnancy. B agreed. Later that year, B miscarried with another one of Reineker’s babies.
It was only in 2009, after Reineker has followed B when she moved out of town, did a boyfriend finally convince her to file a report with the police.
In suing Reineker, B claimed that she has suffered poor self-esteem, relationship troubles, unemployment, and nightmares as a result of the incidents.
After Justice Adamson delivered her verdict, she stated, “He abused his position of trust and authority. He groomed her and then exploited and corrupter her for his own sexual needs and desires.
“She has been deprived of a normal adolescence and the opportunity to discover and enjoy sex in an appropriate way.”