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A former youth pastor and high school teacher at a Christian college in Melbourne's eastern suburbs who has been charged with four counts of sexual penetration of a female student also faces corroborating evidence of fresh allegations of rape and sexual assault involving another student.
In the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday, Steven Mellody, 36, was accused of conducting a sexual relationship with a teenage student for the past 18 months.
High school teacher Steven Mellody has been charged with four counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16.
He allegedly persuaded the girl to sneak out of her parent's home at night and would regularly take her to the college, where she studied and he had worked as a sport co-ordinator for the past seven years.
On at least one occasion, the alleged victim was instructed by Mr Mellody to wear her school uniform, according to court documents obtained by The Age.
Magistrate Luisa Bazzani prohibited media from identifying the college, while detectives from the Knox sexual offences and child abuse abuse investigation team continue to interview other students.
Mr Mellody is accused of gaining access to the school on the evening of October 16, when he allegedly had sex with the girl in the library. He then allegedly had sex with her in his car, before taking her home, according to a statement by Detective Senior Constable Jessica Notman.
Two nights earlier on October 14, Mr Mellody had also collected the student from her home and allegedly had sex with her in his car.
A former youth pastor with the Salvation Army, Mr Mellody is also accused of taking the girl to his family home and a holiday house owned by a relative.
A police prosecutor told the court the alleged offending could be broken down into about 50 charges of sexual penetration.
"The grooming and control the accused exhibits over the victim is apparent … the [alleged victim] complainant describes a large number of serious indictable offences, including sexual penetration of a child under 16," Senior Detective Notman said in her statement.
Mr Mellody was arrested on October 20. On October 29 another student from the same school came forward and told police he had raped and sexually assaulted her.
The second student has made an extensive statement against Mr Mellody but no charges have been laid in response to her complaint.
"Police will allege that from 2017 to August 2019, the accused sexually assaulted the [second girl] on a number of occasions whilst under the age of 16, and sexually penetrated her when she was under 16 and under the accused's care and authority. Police will also allege that the accused raped [her] on two occasions," Senior Detective Notman stated.
The 36-year-old, who recently became a father, is accused of raping the second student during a camp at an alpine resort in August 2019.
He is alleged to have groomed the student since 2017 with a series of increasingly sexualised SMS messages on WhatsApp – often referring to her as "Bobo" or "Bbygirl''.
In opposing bail for Mr Mellody, police indicated that they expect other victims to come forward.
"On analysis of the accused's mobile phone, there are multiple students who [Mr Mellody] regularly communicates with, which are inappropriate in nature," the statement from Senior Detective Notman says. "Police believe there are further victims to the accused, who at this stage have not been identified."
Mr Mellody was remanded in custody by Ms Bazzani, who adjourned the bail application until November 18.
The teacher's barrister, Elizabeth McKinnon, said she needed more time to seek proper instructions from her client given the fresh allegations by police.
If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline 131 114, or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636.
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