Case against swim teacher 'exaggerated'

9th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The lawyer for the swim instructor suspected of sexual abuse spoke out Thursday against the 'mass hysteria' surrounding his clients case.

Den Bosch – The lawyer acting for Benno Larue, the Den Bosch swimming instructor accused of sexual abuse, said Thursday that the prosecution's case is exaggerated.

Due to the rape charges pending against Benno L., legal restrictions have prevented his lawyer,  Pieter van der Kruijs, from commenting until now.

Benno L. is accused of sexually abusing at least 98 girls while he was a swim instructor for the mentally handicapped and children with a fear of water. 

His lawyer said 10 of the cases involved only "mild forms of abuse."

The prosecution authorities have exaggerated the case following media coverage and comments by the mayor of Den Bosch, said van der Kruijs.

Van der Kruijs continued that, in his view, there is was no sexual coercion in these cases.

The parents of the girls may be unduly worried over what may have happened to their children, he continued.

The prosecution authorities have not responded to his statement.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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