Investigation finds Fiona Viotti Bishops South Africa teacher having had sex with five male students at elite school. Not found to have broken criminal laws.
A married history teacher has had sex with at least five male students at one of South Africa‘s most elite schools, an investigation has revealed.
Fiona Viotti, 30, who is the niece of former South African national rugby coach Nick Mallett, was found to have had physical interludes with the boys at Bishops Diocesan College in Cape Town between 2013 and 2019. The investigation found the educator grossly violating the elite school’s code of conduct and mandate.
An investigation was launched after an 18-year-old pupil claimed having been involved in an ‘intense’ sexual relationship with the female educator, saying she became controlling when he tried to end it.
One of the boy’s parents told IOL website: ‘He was a willing participant in the beginning but became a victim when he couldn’t get out of it.
‘The teacher started texting him to come to her house on the campus and that’s how it started but it got to the stage where he had had enough.
‘But the teacher wouldn’t let him go and he went to his parents for help and they went to the headmaster.’
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Of note, Viotti, who also coached the water polo team, resigned suddenly in October just days before the allegations were made public.
Investigators hired by the school found that the woman had been having carnal relations with her victims for at least six years, targeting boys who were over the age of consent.
The affairs took place both before and after she married 32-year-old venture capitalist Pavo Viotti in 2018, eNCA reports.
But there’s more.
Viotti is also known to have filmed explicit videos of herself which were circulated within the school and online, but investigators failed to determine who she initially sent the footage to.
The probe found that she breached school codes and the code of ethics laid down by the SA Council of Educators, likely meaning she will never teach again.
However, she will not face any disciplinary action from the school since she has already resigned.
The report cleared other school officials of wrongdoing, saying there is no evidence they knew of her behavior.
But Viotti could still face civil lawsuits by families of boys who were affected. Ms Viotti is not alleged to have broken any criminal laws. It remained unclear had the gender of the aggressor and victims had been reversed whether criminal charges would be forthcoming.
What led to a female educator at an exclusive Cape Town school sexually preying on males?
The educator has not spoken publicly since news of the scandal broke.
Lawyer, William Booth has previously said the woman is receiving psychiatric help.
The educator’s husband is said to have since separated from his wife and has also refused to comment.
Viotti a former model, and water polo star has previously appeared in ‘Beauties of Sport’ Sports Illustrated cover shoot in 2009 – a year after she met her future husband.
The scandal led to Bishops Headmaster Guy Pearson saying in a statement: ‘The school will consider all the findings and recommendations made by the investigators to ensure we continue to make Bishops a safe environment for all our pupils and teachers.
‘As a school we are deeply saddened by these events and remain committed to ensuring the mental health and well being of those affected and no further details of the findings will be made available’.
The school also revealed that it has made a team of psychologists and psychiatrists available to any boy or family member that may have been affected by the events surrounding the disgraced teacher.
Bishop’s Diocesan College is a private school founded in 1849 by Bishop Robert Gray to teach Christian values and educate the sons of colonialists in Cape Town and costs £15,000 a year to attend.
Not immediately understood is what led to the educator abusing her position of power, trust and authority to subjugate her male victims and what complicity the private school bears- and why it failed to previously investigate the sexual predator.