A 31-year-old Ugandan teacher has been arrested by the police for allegedly eloping with his 16-year-old student, and impregnating her.
The suspect, identified as John Omondi, allegedly eloped with one of his students at Mabale Primary School in Butaleja Sub-county in January this year, before he got her pregnant.
Omondi was arrested after some parents reported the case to Butaleja Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Stanley Bayole.
The police spokesman for Bukedi South Region, Mr Moses Mugwe, who confirmed the arrest on Sunday, May 30th, said Omondi’s offence amounted to aggravated defilement.
“We have arrested a teacher in a government-aided primary school on allegations of defiling, marrying and impregnating a pupil (names withheld because she’s a minor). Both the suspect and the victim were found staying together,” he said.
According to Bayole, the teacher is currently being detained at Butaleja central police station and will be charged with aggregated defilement when investigations are completed.
Police said the girl and the suspect will to be subjected to medical examination as part of their investigations.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Bayole revealed the girl is two months pregnant and that the teacher had advised her to abort.
According to the Commissioner, at least 20 suspected offenders have been arrested in the last two months in the district on allegations of rape and defilement.
In his words,
“Last month I arrested a teacher of private school in Busolwe town council over alleged defilement and is currently on remand in Butaleja government prison. Today, I have again arrested another teacher in a government aided school over the same. We shall make sure they face the law”.