Details of a 26-year-old student teacher’s allegedly inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy have been aired in court – before she was given a warning.
A 26-year-old student teacher accused of indecently assaulting and sext a student has been given a stern warning in court not to contact him in any way.
Petra Shasha was released on bail from the ACT Magistrates Court Monday after spending the night in custody.
She is prohibited from going near three schools or contacting the boy with whom police allege she had an inappropriate relationship.
Officers searched her home in Gowrie, southern Canberra, on Sunday before she was arrested and charged with committing a sexual offense against the 15-year-old boy and of using a carriage service to send indecent material to him. †
Prosecutor Sam Bargwanna told the court he would not oppose bail and it was granted by magistrate Beth Campbell.
Mr Bargwanna said he expected more charges to be filed.
“The defendant is coming to court with these new charges; bail is not opposed from the prosecution’s perspective,” he said.
“It is likely that new charges will be filed before the next court date.”
The court was told that Ms Shasha allegedly sent indecent material to the boy between November 2020 and February 2022, knowing he was a minor.
Between December 2020 and June 2021, she is also accused of committing a sexual act against the 15-year-old boy.
As part of her strict bail conditions, she is not allowed to contact or be within 100 yards of six people, including the boy.
She is also not allowed to come within 100 meters of Canberra Girls Grammar School, St Edmund’s College and St Clare’s College.
Ms Shasha is allowed to collect her belongings from Canberra Girls in the company of the Australian Federal Police.
Mr Bargwanna asked the magistrate to reiterate the importance of not contacting the boy – he noted that he had evidence that she had been.
“There is material before me that indicates that the defendant contacted the complainant before today,” he said.
“I would like to ask you to tell her again what the serious consequences would be if she did this in the future.”
Mrs. Campbell then gave Mrs. Shasha a stern warning.
“Please understand that no direct or indirect contact means you can’t text them, you can’t message someone else, you can’t contact them on social media, you can’t write them a letter… what contact whatsoever…will be seen as an infringement,” she said.
“If you see them in a mall and they come to you, you leave as soon as possible, because a court order takes precedence.”
Mrs. Shasha left the court a short time later, dressed in black shorts and a sweater, along with her attorney Rachel Fisher.
She refused to speak to the media.
Her next court hearing is on March 21.