A DEPRAVED teacher, with a fetish for drugging and raping his students, was allowed to work unchecked in high schools across Northern NSW, a Sydney court case has revealed.
Peter Wayne Scott will spend at least the next seven years behind bars over the systematic sexual abuse of several male students in the mid-1980s.
The NSW District Court heard Scott had been a big name in the music industry, producing rock videos for the Divinyls and others when he became an art teacher at Cromer High School on Sydney's northern beaches.
While there, Scott used his position as a "cool" teacher to lure teenage boys into private places, fuel them with heroin and cannabis and sexually assault them.
When Scott chose Byron Bay as his new haven, the region's schools were unknowingly exposed to a predator, who would only be seen for what he truly was when his victims found the courage to come forward more than two decades later.
For several years, Scott worked as a teacher at Mullumbimby High before taking up a position as the visual arts teacher at Byron Bay High School until 2010, when he was arrested and charged with 14 child-sex offences.
At the time of his arrest, the Department of Education removed Scott from a teaching role but continued to employ him until the following year.
He also continued operating a local music business - B#Sharp Productions.
Three separate trials were held in Sydney over four months.
Following Scott's recent sentencing hearing in Sydney, the Herald reported one of his victims had described being sexually assaulted two to three times a week following a day in 1984 when Scott had taken him into a cleaner's room, given him a joint, pulled his pants down and performed oral sex on him.
Another victim, who struggled with heroin addiction after Scott left the school, told his former abuser - "You will not be known as Scotty as we called you... You will be known as Peter Wayne Scott - the paedophile."
Scott will be eligible for parole in 2021.
Victims can speak with specially trained detectives from the Child Abuse Squad by phoning Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.