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Mullaitivu teacher charged with raping, ‘sextortion’ 8 students

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A teacher at a school in Mullaitivu has been remanded on charges of extortion of eight underage female students at the same school, two of whom were allegedly raped while unconscious, aged 13 and 17 (now 19).

This is known as ‘sextortion,’ and it is the practice of extorting money or sexual favors from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity.

According to the Police Media Division (PMD), an area resident filed a complaint on June 19 against a teacher and six male Advanced Level (A/L) students at the same school who possessed nude photographs and videos of schoolgirls. The complainant also provided the police with photographic and video evidence.

The officer explained that the said teacher who was involved in administrative tasks at the school was also a private tutor who conducted individual math classes for students at their homes, which gave him access to the victims.

The 13-year-old and 17-year-old were allegedly raped at their respective homes, where the teacher arrived to conduct private math classes. The teacher, who made it a practice to bring sweets, drinks, and other eatables for his students, had reportedly drugged the girls’ drinks when their parents were away before molesting them while unconscious. The suspect is also accused of having recorded his sexual activities with the girls in order to blackmail them for further sexual favors.

While medical reports show that the 17-year-old was raped once in December 2020, reports show that the 13-year-old was raped multiple times. The 17-year-old had attempted suicide twice before. The male students had also been shown photos and videos of the girls.

Another victim, whose naked photos were also circulated among the teacher-student group, was previously in a relationship with one of the six male A/L students. Her photographs, which she had previously shared with confidence during their relationship, were circulated among the group immediately after the relationship ended.

The five remaining students are said to have been forced to send nude photographs to the teacher. Of the eight female victims, only six have been identified thus far.

The teacher, who has been charged with the sharing of non-consensual photographs and videos, including the rape of the two underage girls, has been remanded until 7 July. Meanwhile, the six students, who were charged with the sharing of non-consensual intimate videos and photographs, have been released on bail.

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