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Teacher ‘extorts €10,000’ for pupil’s paper attack

A French teacher has been arrested after allegedly trying to extort €10,000 from parents whose son he threatened with expulsion for throwing a piece of scrunched up paper at his face, a prosecutor said Friday. The teacher claimed he is the real 'victim'.

Teacher 'extorts €10,000' for pupil's paper attack
A piece of scrunched up paper like the one a pupil threw at his teacher. In return he demanded €10,000 from the boy's parents. Photo: The Local

The alleged scam came to light after a disciplinary committee decided last month to expel the boy.

"The father said to the committee 'I don't understand why he is being expelled when I'm paying so that he isn't'," said Bernard Beffy, prosecutor in the northern town of Avesnes-sur-Helpe.

The boy first got into trouble in December 2011, for throwing scrunched-up paper at the teacher now under investigation. Six months later, the teacher contacted the parents and asked for 10,000 euros compensation for the "serious traumatic impact" of the boy's "attack".

As the parents could not come up with the cash, negotiations followed which resulted in the two parties agreeing a knocked down fee of €7,500, which the family would pay the teacher and his partner in monthly installments of €300.

A contract was signed and the parents began paying to keep the child in school. "The deadlines for the payments were made quite clear," said the prosecutor. "They even stipulated that the February payment will be handed over on the 28th rather than the 20th."

The supply teacher denied any accusations of wrong doing to police. He and his partner face prison terms of up to seven years if convicted.

Appearing in court on Friday the teacher claimed he was the "victim"  and that the boy's family was behind the "financial arrangement".

"They wanted it to avoid their son getting in trouble with the police and so that it would not have any impact on the father's career', he said.

The teacher has been barred from approaching the school.

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Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.

Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Federal Judge Michelle Peterson told the 21-year-old Raoult that he was charged with nine counts, including conspiracy, computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Raoult listened through an interpreter.

After Raoult’s plea of not guilty, the judge ordered him to be detained as a flight risk until a hearing April 3.

Moroccan authorities arrested Raoult at Rabat airport May 31 at the request of the US Department of Justice. Along with Raoult, two other French nationals were also arrested, Gabriel Bildstein, 23, and Abdel-Hakim El-Ahmadi, 22.

According to Raoult’s indictment, he and the other two men are alleged to have formed a hacking team, dubbed “ShinyHunters,” to steal confidential data from 60 companies to sell on the dark web where criminals routinely operate.

Some of the companies are located in the Seattle area.

According to experts, beginning in 2020, the hackers stole customer data from the Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia, the US clothing brand Bonobos, the US telecom AT&T and many other companies, putting the personal data for sale on the dark web.

The criminal charges carry a possible jail term of up to 27 years in prison.

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