Teacher accused of sexual abuse of niece

Teacher accused of sexual abuse of niece

A police officer serves an arrest warrant on the accused teacher at a house in Muang district of Nakhon Phanom province on Friday. (Photo: Pattanapong Sripiachai)
A police officer serves an arrest warrant on the accused teacher at a house in Muang district of Nakhon Phanom province on Friday. (Photo: Pattanapong Sripiachai)

NAKHON PHANOM: A teacher was arrested on Friday for the alleged sexual abuse of his 13-year-old niece, who lived with him and his wife.

The 52-year-old man was taken into custody at his house in Muang district, after the provincial court approved an arrest warrant on Thursday. His name and the school's are withheld to protect the child.

Pol Lt Col Jeerut Phimpha, the deputy chief of Muang police, said the man denied the charge. He was taken to the provincial court where police applied to detain him further. 

It is the fourth case of alleged sexual abuse of minors involving teachers this month. Child rights activists have begun a campaign to protect students from rogue teachers.

His wife teaches at the same school, and was reported to be shocked by the events. 

The girl had been staying with her uncle and aunt for three years while her parents work in another province.

Her parents thought it unusual that the suspect was in the girl's room when they spoke to her by video recently, police said.

They decided to take her away to stay with them. The girl later admitted to them she had been sexually abused. 

The parents registered a complaint with police in Nakhon Phanom on May 18.  Police investigated and after the girl was given a medical examination decided to press charges, Pol Lt Col Jeerut said. 

The school's director said the suspect would also face disciplinarily punishment if he is found guilty.


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