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Fiona Viotti: Teacher-student sex accused admitted to psychiatric clinic

Fiona Viotti has been accused of having “several” sexual relations with her students at Bishops’ College. She’s now seeking professional help.

Fiona Viotti Bishops'

Photo: Twitter screenshot

The teacher accused of having sexual relations with several students at Bishops’ College in Cape Town has kept herself out of the public eye since news of her alleged indiscretions broke last week. However, it’s since emerged that Fiona Viotti has been checked in to a local psychiatric facility.

As IOL report, she was admitted to the clinic at the end of last week.

Fiona Viotti – latest news:

The 32-year-old was forced to resign from her position earlier this month, as reports of “several” inappropriate relationships surfaced. Fiona Viotti served the school as both a history teacher and their water polo coach. In an intriguing twist over the weekend, it was also claimed that she herself was the victim of sexual misconduct at the school in 2017.

Two learners were believed to have emailed Mrs Viotti, propositioning her for sex through another student’s account. The lewd communication was immediately reported by the educator. The two culprits were suspended for a full term by the headteacher at Bishops’.

Fiona Viotti sent to psychiatric clinic

But with the investigation into her supposed actions in recent months now underway, Fiona Viotti has sought professional help. Prominent lawyer William Booth is representing the beleaguered teacher, and he told the media that she and her family need to be given their privacy:

“My client has sought counselling and is under medical care. I request that her and her family’s privacy and dignity be respected and that Bishops be allowed to complete their investigation. Furthermore, I ask that the family not be constantly contacted by the media for comment as this is a very emotionally trying time for them.”

William Booth, lawyer for Fiona Viotti

What the law says about uploading her videos

Booth was in the news last week, too: He has been leading the crusade against people who have uploaded videos – claiming to be of Fiona Viotti in various sexual activities – which have been distributed online and across social media. Quite simply, those in possession of the videos have been asked to delete and stop sharing them.

Not only could it compromise the internal investigation into the educator’s alleged behaviour, but this can seriously flout a newly-introduced law. Any sexually-explicit content loaded online without the permission of the subject is classed as “revenge porn” – although it has not yet come into effect, Social Media Law Specialist Emma Sadleir has explained that authorities will want to speak with anyone caught uploading the videos.