Allegations of Sexual Abuse

False Allegations

Michael Neville case

Newstalk ZB
December 2 2004

Teacher ready to go back to classroom

The Horowhenua teacher who has been acquitted of sex abuse charges against four former pupils says he has not been put off the profession.

Michael Neville was this afternoon found not guilty at the Palmerston North District Court of indecently assaulting four girls under the age of 12, leaving his family and friends in tears of joy.

The jury took 13 hours to reach its not-guilty verdict.

Mr Neville says it has been a horrendous ordeal but he still wants to get back into the classroom, because he still loves teaching.

He says throughout the past 18 months he has had tremendous support from other teachers and students at the school.

Michael Neville first started teaching at the school in 1995.

A number of teachers from the school who were called in as defence witnesses during the trial talked of how popular Mr Neville was with the students.