Three stu­dents, teacher sus­pended af­ter sex­ual abuse claims

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Three stu­dents and a teacher have been sus­pended af­ter a 14-year-old girl claimed she was sex­u­ally abused in a class­room at the Ham­run sec­ondary school.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing claims that the teacher, aged 32, par­tic­i­pated in the al­leged abuse by hold­ing the girl while three teenage boys sex­u­ally abused her.

The po­lice have widened their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into at least three other re­ports of sim­i­lar crimes in the same school, all com­mit­ted since the start of the scholas­tic year.

Re­ports have sur­faced that an­other fe­male stu­dent was locked in a class­room with the same teacher and other boys who mo­lested her.

One of the stu­dents is be­lieved to be known to the po­lice for var­i­ous traf­fic vi­o­la­tions in the past months in spite of his not be­ing of le­gal age to drive.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry has said that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing car­ried out, with the Malta Union of Teach­ers com­ing out in de­fence of the teacher, say­ing that there should be no trial by the me­dia.

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