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An engaged teacher who has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage student has been granted bail amid a dispute over CCTV that her lawyers argue is "exaggerated" evidence.
Monica Elizabeth Young has been dubbed "foolish" after accusations she met up with a 14-year-old male outside of school.
The 23-year-old high school teacher, based in Sydney, has denied allegations of repeated sexual assault.
She has been granted bail in the Supreme Court, reports the NZ Herald.
Young's lawyer, Ian Lloyd, said evidence used in the case relies heavily on "exaggerated" CCTV footage which is obscured by a table.
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However, according to the police, the footage shows Young's hand reaching towards the boy's groin, and her moving the alleged victims hand inside her tights.
Lawyer, Mr Lloyd, argues she had only breached school rules by meeting up with the boy outside of school hours, which was "foolishness.'
"She's not charged with being foolish," he said.
"None of the CCTV shows any impropriety on her part towards this complainant. The vision does not show any sexual assault."
The teacher is accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy urging him to send explicit Snapchat pictures, a court heard.
She allegedly sent messages to the boy asking him for inappropriate photos.
Young has been charged with aggravated sexual assault with a child aged between 14 and 16.
According to court papers, she is also charged with offences occurring during school hours on June 24 and July 3.
On July 10, Young was arrested at her home in Sydney, where her devices were also seized.
According to a police prosecutor, cops uncovered Snapchat conversations where Young had been "encouraging the complainant to send an explicit image".
It has also been claimed the teacher attempted to interfere with the case and contacted the pupil's mum to "explain".
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