Reporter harassed while working in Vilafranca del Penedes

Reporter harassed while working in Vilafranca del Penedes Credit: Shutterstock

CATALUÑAS’S regional police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, arrested a man of 45 accused of sexually abusing a woman reporter.

She claimed that he touched her inappropriately and harassed her while she was covering a Colla Castellera (human tower) at the Sant Felix fiesta in Vilafranca del Penedes.

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The accused belonged to one of the Collas or teams that form the towers, and was also an off-duty Mosso.

The reporter told police that several people pawed her and pestered her, taking photos with her without permission but later a member of the Casteller team put his arm round her waist, touching her inappropriately and harassing her.

Her alleged aggressor was arrested the following day after she lodged a formal complaint and identified him, police sources revealed.

The investigation is now in the hands of an investigating judge who released the policeman on bail and issued a restraining order preventing him from coming within 1,000 metres of the reporter.

An internal enquiry has also been launched and disciplinary action will be taken, police sources confirmed.


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