The city police arrested a school teacher, Balasubramaniam (34), on charges of sexually harassing girl students of Government Middle School in Suramangalam here on Friday.

In a complaint with the Suramangalam police, Salem District Child Welfare Committee chairperson A. Xavier said that based on written complaints from 23 girls studying in classes VI and VII that they were harassed, a team conducted an inquiry and found the allegations true. Police registered a case under Section 10 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and arrested the teacher.

Sources said that an inquiry would be conducted and action taken against the teacher.