Kato Harris: 'If you become a male teacher you're buying a lottery ticket for false allegations'

Kato Harris: 'If you become a male teacher you're buying a lottery ticket for false allegations'

Kato Harris joined Julia Hartley-Brewer

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Former teacher Kato Harris claims that men who become teachers automatically get a lottery ticket for false allegations to be made against them. 

Harris was falsely accused of rape in 2013, as a 14-year-old girl claimed he had raped her at school on three separate occasions. He was cleared of the charges by jurors after a deliberation of just 15 minutes.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer that all male employees are now viewed as potential perverts or child abusers, and being accused of rape was like winning a lottery you didn’t want to win.

The former teacher believes all male teachers are at risk of being accused of acts they didn't commit. In fact, he said, you can't be a male teacher these days without having to buy a "lottery ticket" for false allegations.

The situation is so serious, Harris says, he doesn't know why any man in their right mind would put themselves through it.

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More from Julia Hartley-Brewer's interview with Kato Harris:

Kato Harris: 'The hell has passed, but the flashbacks are terrifying'

Kato Harris on packing for prison before rape trial verdict: 'It's like digging your own grave'

Kato Harris: 'I don't think I'll look at humanity in the same way again'

Kato Harris, the full interview: Teacher falsely accused of rape reveals his hell