Teacher charged with 32 counts of unnatural sex, sexual grooming of male students

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A secondary school teacher was charged in the Teluk Intan Sessions Court today with 32 counts of committing unnatural sex and sexual grooming of seven male students from July to September last year.

Sharul Hafiz Zam/NST

Mohd Faizal Amir, 32, pleaded not guilty after all the charges were read out to him before Judge Intan Nurul Farena Zainal Abidin.

The man was charged with 10 counts of performing unnatural sex and 22 counts of committing physical sexual assault on the students aged 14 to 16 at a secondary school warden’s house in Tapah between July 28 and September 28, 2020.

For the unnatural sex offences, the accused was charged under Section 377C of the Penal Code and for the sexual grooming offences, the charges were framed under Section 14 (a) and Section 14 (d) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 which provide a maximum of 20 years imprisonment with whipping, if convicted.

Judge Intan Nurul Farena allowed the accused bail of RM55,000 with one surety on all the charges, with the additional condition that the accused refrain from harassing the victims and to report to the nearest police station once a month.

The court fixed November 15 for mention.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Cheah Shuh Yuan while the accused was represented by counsel Muhammad Farid Wajdi Hanif.