The father of one of the children molested by the nephew of Manuel Chaves (ex-President of Andalucía, currently nº 3 in the National Government and the President of the PSOE party) has lodged a formal complaint accusing the jail service of giving him “preferential treatment” after he served just 3 weeks of a three and a half year minimum jail sentence.
Jaime Chaves was sent down for molesting in 2006 two 14 and 16 year old pupils at the exclusive El Atillo private school school in Jerez where he worked. He had been given the post despite having been arrested for sexual molestation, exhibitionism and sexual provocations on previous occasions.
He was originally accused of molesting 17 children, but most of his accusers refused to testify at his case, with some hinting at having received “threats” from “people in position of power”. The two parents who did stand up to him both testified that their children had been “roughly interrogated” by other teachers at the school who tried to get them to drop the case, as well as having received threats from outsiders, and produced evidence from independent psychiatrists who testified that the treatment of the children by the other teachers after they complained severely worsened the psychological trauma of the attacks, leaving at least one girl with severe agoraphobia and panic attacks.
The parent, whose identity cannot be revealed by court order, says that Jaime Chaves only spent three weeks in jail before being given third security level status, meaning he was released back into society and only has to checkin Monday to Thursday at his local Social Insertion Centre in Seville, and has only paid 30€ of the 18,000€ fine he was supposed to pay the children he abused. He was supposed to have served at least three and a half years before being considered for parole, and the complaint says that he has been released without going through the normal channels.
“I don’t know if it’s because he’s the nephew of Chaves [one of the most powerful men in Spain] but if he were any other mortal it would be different” the parent said in his complaint.