Teacher arrested over child abuse claims in Torrevieja

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CAUGHT: 70-year-old teacher in child abuse allegations led away ©Guardia Civil

OFFICERS from the Guardia Civil have arrested a 70-year-old Colombian man in Torrevieja for alleged sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl who was a student at the academy where he used to work.

The girl’s mother reported the allegations against a teacher who gave her daughter classes there. She claimed that when lessons started in September last year this teacher was allegedly very affectionate with her daughter, at first stroking her hair and face while in class and in front of the other children.

According to reports in the Spanish media, he then decided to separate her from the rest of the class to give her more individual attention supposedly so she could get extra lessons and a better quality of teaching.

Without any other members of the class being able to see what was going on, the teacher allegedly continued with the ‘stroking’ and ‘relaxation techniques’, where he massaged the girls back.  This then occasionally progressed to other more intimate parts of her body.

It was after those experiences that the girl told her mother everything that had been going on, which led them to report the man to the Guardia Civil in Torrevieja.  He was immediately arrested and is being held in custody.

Investigations are continuing to establish whether there are any other victims of the arrested teacher.  He was been in his chosen career for more than 20 years and at this particular school – that has not been named – for five years.  Police are examining his mobile phone to establish if there are any messages or other clues contained in it that may be related to this, or any other, offence.

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