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healthcareNews24 reports that the former Bishops Diocesan College teacher accused of sexual misconduct is still under medical care, her lawyer said after the school released a statement on Monday on the findings of its investigation.  

Attorney William Booth said of the former teacher and sports coach that she was not at a clinic, but was receiving outpatient treatment.  He said that despite two requests, the school had not sent him the statement it had released on Monday morning, with sight of it only coming after journalists had sent it to him.  Earlier on Monday, school principal Guy Pearson said in the statement that an investigation by private lawyers had found that teacher Fiona Viotti was found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with at least five male pupils.  However, she will not be disciplined because she has resigned.  Booth refused a request for Viotti to attend an interview with the investigators and she was also not prepared to give written comments on the merits of the matter.  Booth explained that this was because Viotti was under medical care and "very emotional" at the time and also because the school could not guarantee that anything Viotti told them would be kept private, and not released to the public.  He commented:  "She wasn't in a state to be interviewed.  She also has rights.”  He noted that the investigation was "not an inquiry" and that Viotti had the right to remain silent.  Viotti also faces an investigation by the SA Council of Educators.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jenni Evans at News24


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