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Teacher held for sexual abuse of minors [Update]

Police in the Cretan port of Rethymno on Friday arrested a 47-year-old school teacher alleged to have sexually molested several young boys.

The police traced the teacher, a father-of-two, after receiving a tipoff regarding his alleged transgressions and following several days of monitoring his movements.

According to police sources, who said the suspect was caught in his home attempting to seduce two adolescents, is believed to have sexually molested at least 25 boys aged between 13 and 14. According to the same sources, the teacher — who also worked as a basketball coach — approached his would-be victims at a local gymnasium during or after training.

A search on the suspect?s home turned up videos featuring pornographic material featuring minors and himself, according to police.

The 47-year-old, who was to face a prosecutor Friday, is the second teacher to be arrested in as many days on charges of sexual abuse of a minor. On Thursday, another teacher was arrested in the Athens neighborhood of Halandri after allegedly offering schoolchildren cash in exchange for sexual favors.