JOHOR BARU, Jan 12 — Police have recorded statements from three individuals including an award-winning secondary school principal over their involvement in the alleged sexual grooming of a male student in the state.
Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Kamaruddin Md Din said up till tonight, the principal and two witnesses had been called up to have their statements taken, after the issue went viral on social media recently.
“The investigation will continue with the recording of statements from other witnesses, and the evidence will be sent to the forensic lab for analysis,” he told Bernama, when contacted here today.
The case is being investigated under the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Mohd Kamarudin said so far, only one police report had been lodged on Thursday and this involved the principal.
Previously, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching was reported to have said that the principal concerned had been transferred out of the school and placed at a relevant district education office while investigations were being undertaken by the ministry.
The issue came to light after an activist shared a post of the allegation on social media, including obscene messages which had been sent to students. — Bernama
Explicit screenshots of Johor principal’s ‘sexual grooming’ advances leaked online?
JOHOR BARU, Jan 9 — Screenshots purportedly of online chats including explicit pictures allegedly from the case of a school principal here and the subject of his “sexual grooming” have been leaked on social media.
It is understood that the material was shared to an education activists’ group by an informer concerned about the student targeted.
Part of the release made available to Malay Mail included the conversation between a male teacher and male student.
The interaction showed the suspect encouraging the victim into a “teacher-student” relationship with an eye on sexual gratification.
Malay Mail has not been able to confirm the authenticity of this information
It is understood that the alleged sexual grooming took place last year, with the principal who is in his 50s and serving at a Johor Baru co-ed secondary school. The student is now in Form Five.
A source familiar with the case said it had been brought to attention by an education activist who lodged an official report with the state Education Department last year.
“However, there was apparently no feedback from the state Education Department on the matter.
“The case came to light again on Tuesday after the principal in question received an excellence award from the state Education Department that was featured on the department’s Facebook page.
“It was from there that the case went viral with comments via social media yesterday,” said the source to Malay Mail today on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.
He said several education activists, some of whom are teachers, had expressed shock that the person who was supposed to be investigated by the state education department had received an award.
“Personally, if the details are true, I find it unbecoming of a senior teacher and principal who is supposed to be respected by his students,” said the source.
Johor Education Department director Azman Adnan confirmed the matter to national news agency Bernama this morning and said the department was investigating the allegations in response to social media messages circulating in Johor.
Separately, Johor Education, Health and Human Resources Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said the state government will monitor the case closely as it was of public interest and involved a senior teacher.
“I have yet to be fully briefed on the details of the case, but I want to assure the public that the state government is concerned about such matters as it involves school-going students.
“The allegation against the teacher is very serious, but we should let the state education department complete its probe into the matter first,” said Aminolhuda when contacted by Malay Mail today.
The Parit Yaani assemblyman had been a senior teacher in Johor and last served as a senior assistant in a secondary school.
Sexual grooming occurs when someone builds an emotional connection with a child or young person to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual needs or exploitation. The victims can be groomed online or face-to-face, by a stranger or by someone they know or trust.
Principal accused of sexual grooming ‘expelled’ from school
Sunday, 12 Jan 2020
KULAI (Bernama): An award-winning school principal in the state accused of sexually grooming a student has recently been removed from the school.
Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said he is currently placed at a district education office while investigations were being carried out by the ministry.
She said the action was taken to ensure that the principal did not disturb the victim or the other students during the investigation.
“I would like to emphasise here that the Ministry of Education (MOE) took the allegations seriously and we must make sure that schools are a safe place for our children.
“I urged anyone with information, not just about this case but other cases, to report them immediately. We do not want any cover-ups and so on,” she told reporters here on Sunday (Jan 12).
She was commenting on reports that a secondary school principal, who recently received an outstanding award in Johor Bahru had been allegedly involved in the sexual grooming of a male student.
Teo said this after a school aid presentation ceremony for 40 B40 students by SWM Environment Sdn Bhd at Sekolah Murni Jaya.
She said the ministry would take disciplinary and legal action if the principal was found guilty.
However, according to information, the victim has yet to lodge a police report, Teo said.
“The information I received last weekend, there was none (police report). I hope the victim will lodge a police report,” she said.
Last Thursday, it was reported that the Johor Education Department was investigating the allegations after an activist exposed the matter on social media.
Other than being accused of sexually grooming the male student, the principal was also alleged to have sent obscene messages to students, which have since gone viral on social media.- Bernama