TELUK INTAN: A primary school teacher has been charged with sexually abusing three male students.
Mohamad Shafie Abdul Rani was charged in the the Sessions Court and a magistrate’s court yesterday with seven counts of committing physical sexual assault on the students and also for assaulting them with intent to outrage their modesty.
At the Sessions Court before judge Norita Mohd Ardani, the 51-year-old pleaded not guilty to four counts of committing physical sexual assault on two of the students, both aged 11, at three different locations at a primary school here between May 2018 and January this year.
The charge, under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 and read together with Section 16(1) of the same law, provides for a maximum 20-year jail term and whipping, if found guilty.
The prosecution was led by deputy public prosecutor Nur Azimah Che Ismail, while Mohamad Shafie was represented by lawyer Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi.
At the magistrate’s court, Mohamad Shafie was charged with three counts of using criminal force with intent to outrage the modesty of a student, who is now 18 years old.
The offence was allegedly committed between 2012 and 2013 at a primary school and a teacher training centre in Hutan Melintang.
He pleaded not guilty before magistrate Syahdatul Kamilah Zakaria.
The charges are under Section 354 of the Penal Code, which carries up to 10 years' jail, a fine or whipping, or any two of the punishments, if found guilty.
This case was handled by prosecuting officer Inspector Nurul Hafizah Muhd Ariff.
No bail was offered and both courts fixed April 25 for mention. - Bernama