“I love you, I am your girlfriend”: a teacher was arrested in Italy for having sex with a student of 14 years
The teacher of a school in Italy was detained on Tuesday for having sex with a student of 14 years barely met.
The episode occurred in a school in the province of Bergamo, in northern Italy. The teacher, a woman of 40 years, separated and with two children, told the authorities that she fell in love with the student and that the relationship was consensual.
“I’m your girlfriend,” he wrote to the student. According to the researchers, when the abuse began, the child was 13 years old.
The authorities did not disclose the names of those involved to protect the privacy of the child.
In Italy, sexual acts with children under 14 years of age are punishable by a prison sentence of between five and ten years . If the older person is a parent or, as in this case, a teacher, that limit goes up to 16 years.
The detention occurred on Tuesday, in the midst of exams that Italian students of 14 years make to enter the baccalaureate . The woman is the teacher of letters of the teenager. Now he is in house arrest for “sexual acts with a minor”.
According to the prosecutor Davide Palmieri in the arrest warrant, the teacher and the student maintained a “relationship with sexual acts . ” The judge granted the measure to the risk that the meetings continue after the exams due to the “lack of inhibitions” of the teacher.
According to the investigation, apparently at school nobody suspected the relationship. Nor were the parents suspicious.
The teacher and the student had sex in the woman’s car, during the day, when the young man found some excuse to leave his house . He said he was hanging out with his friends in town. Instead, his teacher was waiting for him.
When the prosecution received the anonymous report, the prosecutors immediately began the corresponding investigations. They did a follow-up that confirmed the meetings. To be sure of the nature of the meetings, in addition, the prosecutor arranged for listening and control of the messages.
A few days later, on Tuesday, the arrest occurred . The teacher was able to witness the written exams of her students, but not the oral part.
The teacher was automatically suspended and replaced by a substitute . Next Monday she will be interrogated to give her version of the facts.
The child will also be listened to, with psychological support. Both should explain how and who started the relationship, which lasted for a few months.
“At this time any comment would be inappropriate, even for the serenity of the boys, it is a delicate period, they are with the exams, the episode comments on its own,” said the director of the provincial school office of Bergamo Patrizia Graziani al Corriere della Sera . “The educational world of adults has the tools to make a correct assessment of the facts.”