Teacher jailed for sexually abusing young students in Costa Blanca


A TEACHER in Cofrentes in Valencia (population 1,114) received a 30-year sentence for inappropriately touching six girl pupils.

The Valencia High Court also barred the 30-year-old from ever teaching again or having contact with children for 27 years and three months.  He must pay each girl €600 damages for “pain and suffering.” 

From 2011 until 2014 he molested the girls aged 10 and 11 while he corrected their work or when they were alone with him.  If they allowed him to touch them, he promised to give them better marks but would punish them if they resisted.


The children did not tell their parents or other adults, judge Maria del Carmen Melero said in her summing up, but occasionally mentioned the abuse amongst themselves.

Owing to their age and lack of experience they regarded this as the teacher’s habitual behaviour and part of the school day, the judge added.

 “In some cases they resisted violently,” Melero noted, adding that one girl twisted his fingers and another “kicked him in los huevos.”

The abuse emerged when a boy pupil overheard the girls and reported their conversation to another teacher.

Although one later said that she felt guilty for allowing the abuse, a psychologist told the court that despite symptoms of anxiety, the girls “had no disorders and did not need treatment.”

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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