A primary school teacher convicted of molesting pupils was sentenced to 48 years in prison by a Thessaloniki appeals court on Friday.
As is in the first trial, the court did not acknowledge any mitigating circumstances for the acts that it said the 54-year-old committed against 10 girls in the library of a primary school in eastern Thessaloniki.
The convicted teacher protested his innocence and told the court that it was “making a mistake.”
He claimed the accusations were part of a conspiracy against him and the result of “children’s imaginations.”
His friends and former colleagues, who appeared at the courthouse to express their support, denounced the court’s verdict.