Winfrey School Trial To Begin In April

LATEST: The employee accused of abusing children at OPRAH WINFREY's all-girls academy in South Africa is to stand trial in April (08). Former dorm matron Tiny Virginia Mokgobo, 27, was arrested in October (07) on numerous charges including assault, indecent assault and soliciting underage girls to perform indecent acts, after a local newspaper article brought attention to the matter at Henley-on-Klip Leadership Academy earlier that month. Mokgobo, who is currently free on bail, appeared in court on Wednesday (16Jan08) to hear a South African judge set the date for her trial as 21 April (08). The 27-year-old, who did not speak during the brief hearing, attempted to hide her face from the media when arriving at court by placing a towel over her head. Authorities believe there were at least three separate serious cases of child molestation, which took place over a period of four months last year (07). Winfrey co-founded the academy in 2006, and in late 2007, issued a heartfelt apology to the students who suffered at the hands of school officials.


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