Married female teacher who had sex with five students ‘referred to police’

A married teacher who romped with at least five students at a school dubbed the Eton of Africa has been referred to the police, according to reports.

Fiona Viotti, 30, niece of South Africa rugby coach Nick Mallet, coached the water polo team at Bishops Diocesan College, Cape Town, South Africa and allegedly had sex with five students between 2013 and 2019.

One of the students who Ms Viotti is alleged to have had intercourse with said he had been involved in an "intense" sexual relationship with the 30-year-old, adding she became controlling when he attempted to cut ties with the former teacher.

Ms Viotti resigned back in October when the allegations first came to light. The school subsequently called in lawyers to investigate and principal Guy Pearson confirmed that evidence has been sent to the "relevant authorities".

The school sent a letter to authorities that did not outline any specific allegations against Viotti, local media reports, but suggests she may be investigated for grooming.

Ms Viotti's lawyer William Booth said Mr Pearson had not told him that he intended to send evidence to authorities before the document was obtained by the press.

"Sexual grooming is a very difficult act to prove and you need evidence from the person or people being groomed," he added.

"Police would need to get signed statements from those involved. Their names would then be known in public."

A spokesman for Cape Town police told the Argus newspaper that a representative from the Western Cape family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit had been in touch with the £15,000-a-year school.

However, an investigation has not yet been launched "as no official complaint has been laid with the police," the spokesman added.

Investigators hired by the school found Ms Viotti had been romping with pupils for at least six years and targetted students who were at the legal age to have sex.

Recently married Fiona, who also taught history, quit her job after the parents of one of the boy's reportedly complained.

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There is no suggestion that Ms Viotti has broken any laws although she may still face civil lawsuits from the families of the students affected.

She has refused to speak publicly about the scandal since it first broke and also would not cooperate with investigators.

Husband Pavo Viotti, 32, who has a top venture capital and private equity company in Cape Town, is understood to have separated from his wife of 13 months over the scandal.

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