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Teacher, 31, in trouble for allegedly eloping with his pupil, 16, and getting her pregnant

Police in Butaleja District, eastern Uganda have arrested a teacher for eloping with a 16-year-old student and allegedly getting her pregnant.

John Omondi, 32, reportedly eloped with the Mabale Primary School pupil in January 2021, and has been living with her until she got pregnant.

The arrest was made after some parents reported the matter to Butaleja Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Stanley Bayole.

The region’s police spokesperson Moses Mugwe said Omondi would be charged with aggravated defilement once investigations were complete.

“We have arrested a teacher in a government-aided primary school on allegations of defiling, marrying and impregnating a pupil. Both the suspect and the victim were found staying together,” Mugwe said.

Teacher advised student to abort pregnancy

Bayole said that the girl would be subjected to medical examination which would assist in investigations.

“Acts of defilement undermine the learner’s potential to attain vital goals in life. We therefore, encourage the general public to be on the lookout and report such human rights abuses to police for further action, ” the local administrator said.

The school’s headteacher was also arrested, after police received reports that he tried to resolve the matter, instead of forwarding it to law enforcers.

It is alleged that the suspect had advised the girl to abort her two-month pregnancy.

Bayole noted that there has been a rise in similar cases. So far, 20 suspects have been arrested in the last two months on charges of rape or defilement.

“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,” Bayole affirmed.

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