Jakarta. After facing police questioning on Thursday, teachers at Jakarta International School’s recently shuttered kindergarten filed a criminal complaint against a parent who accused teaching staff of participating in the sexual assault of a 6-year-old.
“The one who filed the report is Neil Bantleman, with Elsa Donohue and Ferdinan Chong as witnesses,” said Hotman Paris Hutapea, a lawyer defending JIS teachers. “The one reported… is the parent of a JIS student.”
He said the report accused the parent of spreading slander via email.
“The plaintiff reported defamation through electronic media,” he said.
Bantleman gave police copies of emails and WhatsApp messages, circulated amongst parents, accusing teachers of assaulting a child.
The accusations were made public in the wake of an alleged sexual abuse incident involving outside cleaning contractors. Police have not named any teachers as suspects, but have moved to halt the pending deportations of four teachers for the sake of an investigation.
In addition to the criminal complaint, the teachers also planned to file a civil suit, Hotman said.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that investigators would look into the report.
“We will summon the plaintiff and witnesses first,” he said. “This week, we will do case presentation and afterward will summon the teachers.”