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Greek Teacher Accused of Sexually Harassing Minors Set Free

ATHENS – In the latest of a string of alleged preying on minors, a teacher in Greece who wasn't identified was released on restrictive conditions after being charged with sending sexually-charged social media messages to female pupils under the age of 10.

There was no indication where the teacher taught so that parents could be aware but Kathimerini said he was banned from leaving the country, must appear at a police station regularly and posted a 5,000-euro ($6123) bail.

He was also prohibited from being within 500 meters of the victims and from communicating with them although it wasn't said if he will be allowed to return to teaching in the meantime.

Authorities said he sent the girls messages via Facebook, Skype and Viber but no details were given about what the alleged sexual harassment said or why he was released even with conditions given the charges.

In April, a teacher in an area of Central Macedonia in northern Greece was also conditionally released from custody after his arrest and indictment for allegedly performing lewd acts on a teenage girl 14 years ago and for the possession of child pornography, the paper said then.

His arrest followed a lawsuit filed by the victim, who is now 28 years old. An investigation ordered by a prosecutor also yielded child pornography in his possession, which also depicted the victim. 

The 60-year-old accused was the Principal at an elementary school and the victim wasn't his student but it was reported they were related to each other. It wasn't said if he was allowed to return to his duties.

teacher is currently the principal at an elementary school.

In February, authorities also launched an investigation into allegations that teachers were abusing students at the private Arsakeio school in in Athens following a letter signed by 285 alumni.

The former students who were at the school between 1994-2018, they said teachers “systematically exploited and insulted the sexual dignity of students with their unethical behavior,” and called for them to be removed, said Reuters.

“We want to make clear that we are not referring to isolated events of a particular period, but to a mentality,” said the letter, posted on news website in.gr. “A complete lack of pedagogical boundaries by some teachers, which in no way is in line with the practices of a protected school environment.”

The President of the Arsakeio board, Georgios Babiniotis, who requested the prosecutor investigate, said the school would cooperate with the authorities “when and if the vague and general references in the letter take the form of specific and eponymous complaints.” There's been no reports since what happened.

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