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Teacher accused of squeezing student’s buttocks to know fate in 2012

Roach has to return to the Magistrate’s Court January 8, 2012.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – An Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) teacher accused of groping a female student in May will know his fate when Magistrate Tamia Richards makes her decision on January 8, 2012.

It is alleged that Bentley Roach squeezed one of the upper thighs and the left cheek of the Virtual Complainant’s (VC) buttocks in his office on May 25, 2011. The student was seeking his advice on a problem that she was having with another student.

The Crown and the defense made closing arguments this morning, Friday November 18, 2011 with the teacher’s lawyer Patrick Thompson stating that the Crown did not show with certainty throughout the trial that his client indecently assaulted the 13 year-old student.

According to Thompson, the student was troubled and argued that out of the blue “the indecent assault” came out. Thompson also disclosed that Roach had no motive for touching the VC.

However, Crown Counsel Jude Hanley stated that Roach should be held accountable because his actions are distinctive with indecent assault. She recounted the VC testifying that the defendant grabbed the one of her hands and used his thumbs to massage it. He allegedly then pulled her for a hug, and while the VC was leaving he squeezed her thigh and buttocks.

“All these circumstances together lead to indecent assault,” Crown Counsel Hanley pointed out.

Roach, who is on bail, is married and has five children.

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