ARCHIVE – icon image. A sponge lies in the shelf of a chalk board in the elementary school at the castle. Photo: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/ZB/dpa
The existence of 40 victims has been proven, according to the report presented on Monday. 25 of those affected are known, 15 others – previously unidentified – can be seen on photo and video material that was secured during a house search in the teacher’s apartment. The Vienna Education Directorate set up the 2021 investigative commission.
According to the authorities, the acts took place over a period of 15 years. In 2019, the suspect committed suicide after being investigated. According to all respondents, the pedagogue was the most popular teacher at the school, according to the report. He obviously used all his energy “to make himself irreplaceable and then to be able to abuse the students entrusted to him unnoticed”.
Since the man also taught at a neighboring school, letters would now be sent to their former students to find out about any abuse and to offer help, it said. (SDA)