CAAZAPÁ Residents of this town question the speed of the Court of Appeals in granting the freedom to teacher Héctor López Espínola, who is accused of a case of sexual harassment that would have occurred in a school in this departmental capital. The resolution of the court of appeals was within hours of the assembly of a local cooperative where the defendant was a candidate for the board of directors.
According to the data, the teacher Hector Lopez Espinola he was denounced by the mother of a 12-year-old student for sexual harassment that would have occurred within the institution and on public roads. The teacher invited the girl to take her to her house because they live in the same neighborhood and on the way she asked him for a kiss on her mouth and the student refused. But the educator insisted and insisted that it would be a secret between the two. The harassment was recurrent until the student reported the fact to her mother, according to the complaint.
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According to the data, the prosecutor Laury Rosana Vazquez charged the teacher and requested preventive detention that was accepted by the guarantee judge, Miriam Patricia Arguello Gamarra, who decreed the preventive detention of the accused, who appeared to be detained in the first police station of Caazapá.
The teacher’s lawyers Federico Vera and Ruben Silva appealed the decision of the Court of Guarantees of the second round of Caazapá and the members of the Court of Appeals presided over by Dr. edgar urbieta and members Guido Melgarejo and Margarita Miranda Through AI 85 dated April 20, they revoked the judicial measure ordering the defendant’s release.
Preventive detention must be replaced by the application of alternative measures and the admission of the bail offered by the defendant through his defenders. One day after being released, the teacher was re-elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ykuá Bolaños Cooperative.
We tried to know the defendant’s version, but he did not answer his cell phone. However, one of his lawyers, Rubén Silva, indicated that the decision of the judge of guarantees to apply a burdensome measure for a case where the expected sentence is only two years, is somewhat ridiculous. He defended the resolution of the cameramen indicating that it is in accordance with the law.
As for the questionable speed of the resolution of the Court of Appeals, he said that they were really slow, because if the freedom of the person is at stake, they must resolve in less time and it took more than 48 hours, he said.
Eventually, if we go to trial with an accusation of sexual harassment and he is sentenced to two years, the maximum penalty established by the Penal Code is probationary suspension. So you’re not going to jail. The prosecutor and the judge at this stage already intend to punish my client and the presumption of innocence and if he is declared innocent what will happen, the lawyer asked.
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Teacher prosecuted for harassment was re-elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ykuá Bolaños Cooperative – Nacionales – ABC Color