Maury High School teacher convicted of sexual assault, appealing charges

Mohsin Bouziane. Courtesy of the Norfolk Police Department.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Maury High School teacher is appealing a conviction of sexual battery on a former student.

The teacher, 55-year-old Mohsin Bouziane, was convicted on Aug. 31 on a charge of sexual battery. An 18-year-old woman told police July 20 that a man sexually assaulted her in the 300 block of Shirley Avenue. Bouziane was arrested July 26 without incident.

In the victim’s testimony she writes that she saw him as a mentor. No school was in session, but she said he invited her to help work on the garden. When it got too hot outside the two went to the Driver’s Ed tower for air-conditioning. The paperwork goes on to explain how the encounter turned disturbing.

She writes that he said she needed work on her posture. So he brought out a yoga mat and instructed her to lie down. Documents said he then sat on her lower back and buttocks and began massaging her.

The victim claims that she said it hurt, in an effort to get him to stop. The paperwork said he told her she was fine.

At that point, the testimony said she could feel his privates against her buttocks and back, and he squeezed both with his legs. When it ended she writes he asked her not to mention the encounter to anyone.

On Aug. 31 a judge found him guilty of these claims

10 On Your Side went to his home in Norfolk to hear his side of the story, but Bouziane wasn’t home.

Bouziane is appealing the charge, with a hearing set for Dec. 1.

Norfolk Public Schools have said Bouziane has been reassigned to non-instructional duties pending the outcome of his appeal.

We asked Norfolk public schools why they hadn’t told parents? A spokesperson couldn’t answer. All they said is this is an open personnel matter.

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