The 51-year-old school teacher of the Salem Government School for Blind, arrested on charges of sexual abuse and harassment of visually challenged girls, was on Saturday placed under suspension.

“The District Differently Abled Welfare Officer on Friday conducted a department inquiry and submitted a report to Collector K. Maharabushanam and the State Commissioner for the Differently Abled, Chennai. Based on the report, an order was issued and the teacher suspended,” senior officials said.

Recently, parents of four visually-challenged girls lodged a complaint with the Sevvapet police that their daughters were sexually harassed by the teacher.

Preliminary investigation by the Child Welfare Committee, District Child Protection Officer and police confirmed the charges and cases under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 were registered.

The teacher was lodged at the Salem Central prison.

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