BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SUSPENDED Assistant Headmaster of the Kumasi High School, George Amponsah-Duodo has described allegations leveled against him of sodomising some students of the school as basless.
According to him, he is innocent of all those allegations and denies the assertions that he had frankly denied having any contact with the victims.
His response comes in the wake of a letter from the head of the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) legal unit claiming that, their investigations proved that, the Assistant Headmaster had introduced some students into homosexuality.
This was after four students alleged that the assistant headmaster had introduced them to homosexuality.
But in a spirited response to those allegations chanced upon by the DAILY HERITAGE through his lawyers, argued that the committee looking into the allegations has been “necessitated merely by hearsay or some assertion without any concrete documentary or evidential proof.”
“It is our client’s submission that at no point in time in his professional career has he ever had any form of physical contact with the said students. Our client intimates that he is not homosexual and has been married for the past 18 years with four children,” he stated.
His lawyers also urged the committee investigating the matter to “compel Lucien Dankwa to provide proof of the allegation of sexual misconduct or homosexual act if any.”
“It is important to point out that as a matter of law, the person who alleges bears the burden of proof. It is therefore not enough to make bare assertions or allegations and that any allegations made against any person ought to be backed by evidence to substantiate same,” he challenged.
The lawyers warned that persons making allegations against him will be “subjected to rigorous cross-examinations” during disciplinary proceedings.
“It is our submission that the mere mention of his name without more [evidence] cannot render him liable for the charge of sexual misconduct.”
The GES sacked 10 teachers for violating its disciplinary code and out of the number, six were found guilty of sexual misconduct, four were found guilty of stealing and another found guilty of defilement.
Some of the dismissed GES staff was found guilty by an investigative committee set up by the Education Service and also convicted by a court.