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Chiba Pref. student, parents sue teacher over alleged indecent assault

CHIBA -- A sixth-grade schoolgirl and her parents filed a damages lawsuit here on Jan. 30 over alleged indecent assault by a male teacher, saying she has become unable to attend school due to post-traumatic stress disorder.

The elementary school girl and her parents are seeking about 10 million yen in damages from the teacher, the Chiba Prefectural Government and their local municipal government in their lawsuit filed in the Chiba District Court in the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo. Chiba Prefectural Police are concurrently investigating the case on suspicion of indecent assault.

According to the complaint, the teacher repeatedly molested the girl from February 2018, when she was in fifth grade, touching her body while she was in the gym bathroom. He also allegedly touched her chest underneath her clothes. The indecent acts were allegedly persistent and continued for a long time.

Noting that she has been unable to attend classes for an extended period, the plaintiffs argue in the lawsuit that the girl's right to learn was infringed upon due to a breach of duty by the school and education boards.

In a news conference after filing the lawsuit, the girl's father stated, "My daughter was an ordinary, bright child, but she was deprived of everything."

The prefectural education board told the Mainichi Shimbun, "We will consider our response to the lawsuit after reading the complaint." The school, meanwhile, commented, "We offered the best response we could."

(Japanese original by Shohei Kato, Chiba Bureau)

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