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Abuse accused is a no-show

WORCESTER – A 83-year-old former teacher from a well-known high school who has been charged with rape was meant to appear in court on Monday, but did not appear.

The accused’s lawyer explained to Standard she had made an arrangement with the court that she would appear on his behalf because of Covid-19.

“I made this arrangement because people over the age of 60 are considered high-risk candidates.”

A rape case was brought against the man earlier this year by a former student of his. The woman claims she fell victim to his sordid ways when she was 15 years old. She said the abuse and intimate abuse lasted until after she matriculated and moved out of Worcester.

Previously (Standard, Thursday 20 August, “Former teacher accused of rape”) the woman said one of the reasons she chose to speak out now was that there were so many incidents similar to hers taking place in schools now.

“I chose to speak out because sexual abuse by teachers is rife at schools, and nothing is being done to protect learners. Teachers themselves do not know how to treat or handle allegations of sexual abuse by their colleagues.”

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