A 32-year-old primary school teacher at Moonlight Nursery and Primary School, Rubirizi District, Uganda has been arrested by police over allegations of defiling a 15-year-old pupil.
According to Mr Marcial Tumusiime, the greater Bushenyi police spokesperson, the suspect is suspected to have lured the victim into his room on Sunday, after she had come back from church.
“Police preliminary reports indicate that the victim was coming from church on Sunday at around 1.00 PM when she was called by the suspect into his room and lured her into sex,” Tumusiime said.
The victim made an alarm that prompted other teachers to come to her rescue. They reported the matter to the school head teacher, who handed the suspect to police.
Residents in the area have expressed their concerns, stating that child sexual abuse cases in the district are on the rise.
“There are many cases of child sexual abuse in our area but only a few are reported to police. We call upon the police to do their work and bring the culprits to book,” said Mr Anthony Agaaba, a resident in the area.
The suspect is currently in police custody, and investigations into the matter are ongoing.