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Taichung court awards NT$20 million in damages to molested students

Taichung court awards NT$20 million in damages to molested students

Taichung, Jan. 14 (CNA) The Taichung District Court ruled Wednesday that a municipal elementary school and one of its teachers who sexually molested four of his students must pay them NT$20.02 million (US$601,000) in damages.
The teacher, who is being held at a detention center, was identified by his surname Hsieh. He was sentenced to 163 years and 10 months in prison on Aug. 28, 2008 on charges of sexually molesting the four students 29 times from 2007 to 2008.
Under Taiwan's law, he will be required to serve a maximum of 20 years.
When the prison sentence was handed down by the court, the Humanistic Education Foundation said it felt that the school should also be held responsible for the teacher's misconduct, and the foundation filed a class action on behalf of the students to seek compensation.
In its ruling Wednesday, the Taichung District Court ordered the school and the teacher to pay the four students NT$20.02 million to cover the cost of psychological therapy for them and in compensation for the mental distress they suffered.
The school's authorities indicated that the school will appeal the case.
Meanwhile, the parents of the four students said they felt the city government should also be held partly responsible because the school is a municipal one, and that they would not rule out the possibility of seeking compensation from the city government as well.
(By Han Nai-kuo)




Updated : 2021-03-01 06:14 GMT+08:00