Calgary teacher jailed over sexual assault allegations in Indonesia
CALGARY- A former Calgary teacher is being held in an Indonesian prison, while police investigate allegations of sexual assault.
On Monday, Neil Bantleman and another teacher at the Jakarta International School were taken into custody. It’s alleged children as young as six were drugged and molested.
However, Bantleman maintains he’s innocent.
“I’m here to cooperate with the police and answer all their questions truthfully so they can understand that I am innocent, and so is Ferdinand [Tjiong], and they can actually do an investigation against the people who are responsible for these acts.”
Bantleman taught at Calgary private school Webber Academy for a decade. The school’s founder says he was a model teacher.
“There was no sign of any misbehavior whatsoever, the entire time that he was a teacher,” says Neil Webber.
“Information that we know about Neil, and given the stories we’re hearing about the situation there, we’re finding it unbelievable.”
Cleaning staff at the Indonesian school were originally accused of the assaults, along with the principal who is now considered a witness.
The family of one of the alleged victims has filed a $125 million lawsuit against the school.
There is no indication how long authorities plan to hold Bantleman, but his lawyer says there’s no evidence to justify the arrest.