More details of grooming accusations against Port Augusta teacher Ammy Singleton revealed after suppression order lifted

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A South Australian teacher accused of grooming a 16-year-old boy allegedly came into contact with the teenager through a sporting club, a court has heard. 

Ammy Singleton has been charged with communicating to make a child amenable to sexual activity.

The 28-year-old allegedly groomed the child at Port Augusta in November last year.

Ms Singleton’s lawyer, Andrew Fowler-Walker, told the Port Augusta Magistrates Court last week the allegations had nothing to do with his client’s job as a teacher.

“The [alleged victim] … a 16-year-old young male … became aware of Ms Singleton from a picture taken of her without her knowledge at the club,” he told the court.

“[The alleged victim] then obtained details of a chat room from his friends.

“In no way was he ever taught by Ms Singleton.”

Lawyer wanted suppression to ensure fair trial

ABC News can now reveal Ms Singleton — who was a relief teacher at several schools in Port Augusta — sought to suppress her identity and the charge she was facing.

Her lawyer also asked Magistrate David McLeod to order the media to remove their stories about her.

Mr Fowler-Walker told the court that references to Ms Singleton’s occupation as a teacher were “irrelevant” to the alleged offending and that reporting on the matter would prejudice her right to a fair trial.

“This accused has not been charged with an abuse of position of trust,” he said.

“That persistent reporting is clearly aimed at inferring … that other kids are at risk.

“It’s just in no way relevant to the matters being disputed.”

Ammy Singleton is on bail ahead of her next court appearance.(Twitter)

Prosecutors opposed the application for a suppression order, telling the court they were “factual matters” to refer to Ms Singleton as a teacher and a mother and would not cause prejudice.

Magistrate McLeod refused to make a suppression or take-down order, saying there were no special circumstances.

An interim suppression order was in place until Thursday morning.

The court previously heard the prosecution still needed to analyse electronic evidence and meet with the alleged victim and his family.

Ms Singleton remains on bail to face court again in July.

Earlier this year, the principals of the Port Augusta West, Augusta Park and Flinders View primary schools sent letters to parents advising them that Ms Singleton, who taught at each as a temporary relief teacher, had been charged with a child sex offence.

All the letters stated that no students at those schools were involved in the alleged offending.

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