The Supreme Court in Cyprus has moved to increase the jail term for a 39-year-old teacher who had previously admitted to having sexual relations with his 15-year-old pupil.
The teacher had been initially jailed by the criminal court for one year but state prosecutors – acting at the behest of Attorney General Costas Clerides – appealed the sentencing claiming that the jail term was “insufficient given the severity of the offence”.
This week, the Supreme Court moved to increase the man’s sentence to two years in prison.
According to the events of the case, the 39-year-old man had been hired by the Education Ministry to teach pupils at a state school which the victim – who had been 15 at the time – was attending.
He had met the pupil when he was deputising for another teacher in some other lessons. The teacher and the pupil had met at the beginning of the school term (September 2015) and the two immediately became friendly.
It wasn’t long before the two entered into a sexual relationship which came to an end the following month.
The Supreme Court – in its ruling – had claimed that “such unnatural acts were on the rise” and “needed to be stamped out” before adding that a sufficient prison sentence “needed to act as a deterrent for others”.