Principal arrested over abuse

A deputy school principal accused of sexually abusing four primary school girls in the southeastern province of Siirt in 2010 was caught by police in the neighboring city of Batman yesterday.

A deputy school principal accused of sexually abusing four primary school girls in the southeastern province of Siirt in 2010 was caught by police in the neighboring city of Batman yesterday.

Fahrettin Kuzu, the former deputy principal of Gazi Primary School, was caught by law enforcement officials from Batman and Siirt after spending 35 months as a fugitive. Kuzu will stand trial Nov. 30, according to reports.

The incident first came to light when two siblings, identified only by their initials, H.T., 14, and S.T., 16, reported incidents to their school guidance counselor in April 2010. As a consequence, 35 people were taken into custody by law enforcement officials in the investigation into sexual abuse of H.T. and S.T., as well as G.E. and Ş.Y., also only identified by their initials. Kuzu, the prime suspect in the case, retired from his profession when the affair surfaced and went into hiding.

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