Moree principal faces court

CHARGES DENIED: Hilton Humphries, pictured left, walking into Moree Local Court yesterday morning flanked by supporters. Photo: Laini Kirkman, Moree Champion

CHARGES DENIED: Hilton Humphries, pictured left, walking into Moree Local Court yesterday morning flanked by supporters. Photo: Laini Kirkman, Moree Champion

A COURT has been told a Moree principal allegedly exposed himself to a young girl and touched her buttocks in his office last year.

Hilton Humphries has denied the allegations stemming from the alleged incident at Moree Secondary College and has pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecent assault against a person under 16 years.

The 56-year-old, who was supported by a number of people, walked into Moree Local Court yesterday for the start of the two-day hearing.

DPP solicitor Jonathan May detailed the alleged incident and told the packed court Humphries exposed himself and hugged the 11-year-old girl before moving his hand from her head to her buttocks.

The prosecution alleged in court Humphries threatened the girl and told her not to tell anyone about what happened.

The alleged abuse occurred somtowards the end of term one or beginning of term two last year, but the girl did not tell anyone about the incident until Christmas Eve last year.

The complaint sparked an investigation by the Child Abuse Squad’s Ballina office before Humphries was charged in February.

During opening proceedings, the court was told Humphries was a family friend, and the young girl would often stay in the executive principal’s office and draw pictures and play on the computer while she waited to be picked up by her mother.

The prosecution alleges, on the day of the incident, the accused teased the victim about a flower she had received from a male friend, telling her he was the only one allowed to give her flowers.

When the young girl became upset, Humphries offered her a tissue before he allegedly exposed his private parts and embraced her.

The young girl told investigators she felt something hard on her chest when this occurred.

The officer-in-charge of the case, as well as the young girl, gave evidence in court yesterday with the hearing to resume today.

Humphries remains on bail.

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