A former high school teacher faces an act of lasciviousness suit before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QCRTC) for allegedly molesting his 16-year-old student inside the campus last year.
Assistant City Prosecutor Mariesther Vedana found probable cause to indict John Cusi former technology and livelihood education (TLE) teacher of the Jose Abad Santos Memorial High School and values education instructor.
Vedana said the complainant claimed that at break times from January to February 2012, Cusi, would always touch her breast and lift her clothes saying “Bibigay ka rin naman, bakit hindi pa ngayon [You would give in, why not now].”
The complainant claimed that sometime January 2012, Cusi ordered her to go to the physical education (PE) room wherein he allegedly kissed her lips as the respondent removed his clothes and showed his sex organ to her. The student also claimed that Cusi allegedly forced her to hold his sex organ that made her ran out of the room.
She noted that only when someone saw her frequenting the PE room that she and her mother were called to the Guidance Counselor’s office on September 13, 2012.
Later, the complainant told the school’s principal about the incident.
Following the complainant’s report, the school conducted its own investigation, and later recommended the termination of Cusi from employment in its October 15, 2012 report.
In his counter-affidavit, Cusi denied the allegations against him saying that he had been working in the same school for 21 years and he had never been accused or found guilty of any offense. He further claimed that the PE room is a public place frequented by students especially during lunchtime and break time.
However, the complainant said in her reply-affidavit that the respondent used his position as her teacher and employed coercion and intimidation to commit the alleged lascivious acts against her.