Teacher indicted for liaison with girl

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Monday, March 3, 2014


THE Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao recommended the filing of charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) against a public school teacher who engaged in a sexual relationship with his former student in 2011.

Facing charges for violation of Article 337 (Qualified Seduction) of the Revised Penal Code is a 40-year-old elementary teacher of the Davao City Special High School.

Graft investigation and prosecution officer Vivian Agdepa-Jumilla of the Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao found probable cause to charge the teacher based on the complaints filed by the victim only identified as alias Ivy and her parents.

Ivy, in her affidavit, said the man was his former teacher when she was in fourth and sixth grade. He started courting her when she was in fourth year high school and they engaged in a relationship when she entered college.

As claimed, they had sexual intercourse in seven occasions in 2011. In July, she was allegedly brought to the Casitas Inn along Rizal St., while on the same month, the respondent also took Ivy to his brother's place in Bangkal.

In August of the same year, they allegedly had sex in the man's Honda City vehicle during the Boy Scout Jamboree in Malagos, while on September 13 they checked in at Lispher Inn in Matina. In October of the same year, the teacher brought Ivy back to his brother's place.

The accused also brought the complainant to a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) on his birthday on November 10. Two days after, Ivy was not able to go home as she was with the man in an undisclosed place.

It was then on November 22 that the parents of the victim decided to confine their daughter at the Dela Rosa Psychiatric and Rehabilitation Center. But despite being admitted to the rehab center, the teacher allegedly maintained contact with the victim as the latter was still using her phone while inside the facility.

On December 13, 2011, the parents of the victim personally approached the teacher at SPED and reprimanded the latter to stop sending text messages.

On January 6, 2012, the parents of the victim sent a complaint letter to the principal Maria Villa but it was not acted on.

The parents of the victim, in their joint-affidavit, demanded a total of P500,000 from the accused to compensate for the moral and exemplary damages.

In his counter affidavit, the teacher denied that he was texting the victim as he already lost his phone. He also denied having sexual intercourse with the victim.

But Jumilla, in her resolution, said there is still probable cause to charge the accused with qualified seduction, citing that whether there was sexual intercourse, the respondent should have realized that the victim is a minor and he should not have established a relationship with her.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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