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September 25, 2021

Sports teacher of ‘Jean Monnet’ high-school of Bucharest, probed for rape

A substitute sports teacher of the ‘Jean Monnet’ high-school of Bucharest is probed for raping an 11th grade girl – a  minor – during a trip to Predeal, following a complaint filed by the victim’s parents. The case made the headlines of central newspapers, forcing the 26 year old man to resign. He was detained for 24 hours, and prosecutors asked the court to put him in preventive arrest, but judges decided to release him during the investigation, only forbidding him to leave Bucharest for 30 days. The verdict is not final and may be challenged in the higher court.

Although sources close to the investigation said that the teacher admitted the rape to the high-school management, hence his resignation, his lawyer said that his client and the female pupil only had a professional relation and “were not in love with each other.” Plus, according to the lawyer, the teacher was not aware that the pupil was a minor, as “she came from a different education system, from Belgium.”

“The girl was advised to go to the National Institute of Legal Medicine, and the probe is still in its early stages,” the spokeswoman of Bucharest Police, Diana Sarca said, quoted by Mediafax.

The case was also reported to the general school inspector of Bucharest, Cristian Alexan­drescu. “I was informed yesterday (Thursday) evening about this case, I called an urgent meeting of the school’s Board of Administrators and demanded a thorough analysis of how the trip was organised,” Alexandrescu said. The inspector also wants to know precisely how many teachers went on that trip and whether the safety of pupils has been assured. If the analysis will lead to inconclusive results, the Bucharest School Inspectorate will appoint a commission to look into the circumstances of the incident reported by the pupil’s family and into how the trip was organised.

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