Uganda: Teacher Arrested Over Defilement

A teacher at Spring Fields International in Kibiri, Wakiso District, who fled arrest, has finally been arrested on charges of defiling a girl at the same school.

He fled on June 21 when police went to arrest him.

The police had gone with the victim's father to the school.

"We arrested him and is currently being held at Katwe Police Station," Mr Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, said on Saturday.

He said the school management helped the police apprehend the suspect.

"I went to the school after my daughter told the mother that when she was going for a short call, her teacher called her, took her to the boys' toilets and defiled her," the victim's father, who was in company of his daughter, said on Friday.

Silencing the victim

The victim's father said his daughter told him that after the defilement, the teacher allegedly cautioned her not to tell anyone.

"When my wife told me, I went and grabbed the teacher, but the head teacher and other teachers took him away from me. I reported the case to Kibiri Police Post but when we went to arrest him, the teacher had fled," he said.

The police form for medical examination on June 26 confirmed recent sexual penetration and broken hymen.

The girl was recommended for PEP (post-HIV exposure treatment) and counselling to help her overcome the trauma.

Upon failing to find the suspect at the school, the police arrested the headmaster to help them in investigations but he was released two days later to trace the teacher.

Involving Education ministry

The victim's father told Daily Monitor that he had also reported the case to Ministry of Education.

The head-teacher denied the Primary Three pupil had been defiled at the school.

"The girl was defiled but not at school. I know that parent is being used by a rival school in the neighbourhood to tarnish our name," he said.

Mr Onyango said the suspect would be taken for medical examination and that he would be charged in court when the case file is ready. He did not give a date.

Ugandan law defines defilement as the act of having sex with a girl under 18, while rape is having sex with a woman without her consent, usually by force.

The Annual Crime Report, 2018, indicated that 15,366 defilement cases were registered, indicating a 2.3 per cent increase from same cases reported in 2017.

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