Sex-Abuse Suspect at Oprah’s School Gets A Trial Delay

Sex-Abuse Suspect at Oprah’s School Gets A Trial Delay

Published April 23, 2008

Posted April 23, 2008 – The dorm supervisor accused of abusing girls at Oprah Winfrey’s South African private school will not go on trial until this summer, a court ruled Monday.

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The magistrate, Thelma Simpson, granted Tiny Virginia Makopo’s lawyer the extra time he requested to prepare his client’s case. Simpson’s prosecutor was outraged by the decision.

"We can't keep on dragging and dragging the case," said Prosecutor Etienne Venter. The trial will likely occur in July.

Makopo, 27,who served as the dormitory matron at Winfrey’s Johannesburg’s school for disadvantaged girls, has pleaded not guilty to charges that she sexually abused six teen girls and another dorm supervisor over a four-month period. She is charged with indecent assault, assault and criminal injury.

Winfrey donated $40 million to build the school, which opened in January 2007. The opening ceremony hosted such celebs as former South African President Nelson Mandela, director-actor Spike Lee and R&B songstress Tina Turner.

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