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Court upholds verdict for music school teacher in harassment case

September 06, 2012, 1:31 UTC+3

The hearings were held behind closed doors as the case involved underage persons

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MOSCOW, September 6 (Itar-Tass) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the not-guilty verdict for Anatoloy Ryabov, a teacher of a children's music school under the P.I.Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire, who had been accused of sexual harassment of his students.

"The Supreme Court has left the verdict by the Moscow City Court unchanged, and has not granted the appeals lodged by the injured parties and prosecutors," a Supreme Court representative told Itar-Tass.

Earlier, the Moscow City Court fully acquitted Ryabov on the strength of a jury's verdict. Jurors unanimously cleared Ryabov of the crime he had been accused of, saying the investigators had been unable to substantiate the charges.

The injured parties were Ryabov's former students. One of the girls claimed harassment two years after the alleged incident, when the teacher was already under investigation.

The hearings were held behind closed doors as the case involved underage persons.

The investigators said Ryabov, 64, indecently assaulted his student, who took piano lessons from him from April through November 2010. The girl told her mother about what had happened several months later, and the woman reported it to police.

Criminal proceedings against Ryabov were opened under the Criminal Code article on "indecent assault of person under 14."

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