Fiona Viotti, the former Bishops teacher accused of sexual misconduct is still under medical care. William Booth her lawyer said this after the school released a statement on the findings of its investigation earlier today.
William Booth said the former teacher and sports coach was no longer admitted at a clinic but was receiving outpatient treatment.
He said the school had also not sent him the statement it had released on Monday morning, with sight of it only coming after journalists sent it to him.
School principal Guy Pearson released a statement saying that the investigation by private lawyers had found that teacher Fiona Viotti was found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with at least five pupils.
Pearson said Viotti’s lawyer had indicated full cooperation in a letter, but had later refused a request for her to attend an interview with the investigators.
She was also not prepared to make any written comments on the merits of the matter.
Booth said this was because Viotti was under medical care and very emotional at the time, but also because the school could not guarantee that anything Viotti told them would be kept private, and not released to the public.
He added that the Bishops internal investigation was not an inquiry and that Viotti had the right to remain silent.
The lawyer said she has rights which have to be protected.
Viotti also faces an investigation by the SA Council of Educators, which registers teachers and deals with misconduct complaints.
This process could determine whether or not she can carry on working as a school teacher.