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Former Brisbane teacher a 'creep': boy

AAP logoAAP 22/08/2016 By Alexandra Patrikios

A boy who was allegedly molested by a former Brisbane private school teacher told a friend the man was a "creep" and he was going to ask him to stop, a court has heard.

Kevin Jaey Robert Crisp fronted the Brisbane District Court on Monday for the opening day of his trial, where he is defending a total of five counts, including charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16 and maintaining an unlawful relationship with a child.

In his opening address, crown prosecutor Mark Whitbread told jurors Crisp was accused of mistreating three former students, including one aged about 12 at the time who told friends the man was "molestering (sic)" him.

It's alleged Crisp massaged the boy between his penis and his hip for about 20 seconds and, in a separate incident, brushed his testicles.

Mr Whitbread said the Crown alleged this touching was an intentional act and, therefore, indecent.

The court heard accusations Crisp offered a different boy a "massage" in the classroom and would sometimes touch "around (his) privates, a bit too close".

The jury viewed recorded interviews with other boys, who are not alleged to have been mistreated by Crisp, in which one described a complainant telling them the then-teacher was "a creep" when he asked about what had happened.

"He's just a creep, I'm going to tell him to stop," he said the boy told him.

But defence barrister Craig Eberhardt urged jurors to pay particular attention to how the actual behaviour was described, rather than relying on their assumption of what a "massage" may mean.

He said the accounts given by Crisp's alleged victims were "far from consistent" and suggested there was a "gradual backing away" from their initial allegations by some.

The offending allegedly took place at various times in 2013 and 2014.

The trial before Judge Clive Wall continues.

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