A teacher from De Rooi Pannen school community in Eindhoven has been sentenced by the court to a community service of 240 hours for committing crime with a 16-year-old student. Additionally, the man received a suspended sentence of 176 days.
The prosecution demanded an unconditional 24-month prison sentence for the 31-year-old man, but the judge found this too heavy. This is because the girl also took the initiative to make contact. She and her classmates asked ‘challenging’ questions during class. The judge did not see that she suffered psychological damage from the man’s actions.
Nevertheless, the court blames the teacher for not keeping a professional distance from the girl and approaching her via Snapchat. The conversation there became sexual in nature and he received spicy photos of the girl. As a teacher and a grown man, the man should have prevented this.
The court also considers that the man has lost his job as a teacher and can no longer receive a Certificate of Good Behaviour. The man has found a new job in the hospitality industry. If with conviction of an unconditional prison sentence, he would have also lost this new job.