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A former NSW teacher has had a historical child sex abuse conviction quashed, becoming the second person to successfully argue women could not be legally responsible for the crime under laws in place at the time.

Gaye Grant, who is now in her late 70s, was jailed in December 2022 for abusing a boy in the 1970s after pleading guilty to maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child.

Gaye Grant outside court. Source: AAP

After almost 15 months behind bars, the ex-teacher was released on bail and given leave to appeal in March following the release of another former teacher, Helga Lam, who had historical sex abuse charges dropped in February.

The allegations against Lam were thrown out in a landmark judgment that identified women could not be legally responsible for abusing boys under previous laws that only covered male offenders.

On Friday, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal upheld Grant’s appeal and quashed his conviction.

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