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Cape Town teacher Fiona Viotti accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with five students

A female teacher at a prestigious South African school has been found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with several students.

Fiona Viotti, aged in her 30s, resigned on October 11, amid allegations she had a relationship with an 18-year-old student at Bishops Diocesan School in Cape Town, News24 reports.

It was also revealed the now former teacher may have been involved with several other students.

The ages of those students remains unclear.

"As the teacher resigned from Bishops with immediate effect on the 11th October 2019, no disciplinary action can be taken against her by the school for these breaches," the school’s headmaster Guy Pearson in a statement on Monday.

Viotti is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with five students.
Viotti is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with five students. Credit: Facebook

After an investigation into the matter, the school found Viotti had engaged in sexual misconduct with at least five students, during the time she was employed - from 2013 to 2019.

It also found that video or photographs were taken, but it’s unclear who they were sent to, and that Viotti breached the school's code of conduct for teachers.

According to Pearson's statement, Viotti's lawyers said she would cooperate with the investigation, but then later refused to provide a statement or be interviewed.

Viotti was taken into medical care when the allegations were made public, her lawyer William Booth said.

Booth also worked to take down a video that had made its way to a pornographic website.

Pearson says the school is cooperating with the appropriate authorities and the parents of affected students have been notified.

"As a school, we are deeply saddened by these events and remain committed to ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of those affected,” Pearson said.

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