Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Dubai teacher sexually assaulted pupil, 16, court hears

The teacher allegedly kissed the pupil while discussing his exam results

A Dubai school teacher sexually assaulted a 16-year-old pupil during a meeting to discuss his exam results, a court heard.

The accused allegedly hugged the teenager, kissed him on the cheek and asked to kiss him on the lips while the pair were alone in a classroom on July 19.

The pupil said he screamed and pushed the teacher away, who then pleaded with him to keep the incident a secret.

The Syrian pupil had been dropped off at the private school, in Bur Dubai, by his mother, who waited in an administrator's office while her son met with his teacher.

The child met with his Arabic teacher, 55, who asked to talk with him alone to discuss his grades.

“He told me I failed two subjects, Arabic and physics, then started explaining how I should study for tests,” said the boy.

“He began making jokes then touched my neck and hugged me when a cleaner walked into the classroom.”

The schoolboy agreed to move to another empty classroom with him to resume their discussion about tests.

“While inside the other room, he kissed me on my cheek, touched me and made strange noises as he drew closer to my body before asking to kiss me on the lips,” the boy said.

The boy left the school and told his mother about his teacher's actions.

She alerted the school and police were contacted, leading to the man's arrest.

The teacher denied a charge of sexual assault at Dubai Criminal Court.

The case was adjourned until October 15.

Updated: October 1, 2019 02:10 PM

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