A senior pastor in Kabuna Sub-county in Budaka District has been arrested on allegations of defiling a 15-year-old girl.
The pastor’s school, where the victim was a Primary Seven pupil has also been closed.
According to police, the suspect reportedly committed the crime at his home on Saturday.
“We received a report from the victim’s mother reported the case to police,” Mr Moses Vabekuno, the deputy OC CID, Budaka Central Police Station, said.
“The victim also said that on several occasions, the pastor had been attempting to force her into sex in school classrooms and in his office,” Mr Vabekuno is quoted by a local daily.
Mr Vabebuko said that a medical examination that was carried on the girl indicated that there was sexual intercourse.
He said that the suspect who is detained at Budaka Central Police Station, will face defilement charges.
Mr Vabebuko, however, said the accused denies the accusation.
“He [suspect] said the accusations were being stage managed by his opponents to spoil his image and stop all development projects he is running in the district,” he said.
The District Education officer, Mr Paul Higenyi said they have ordered for the closure of the suspect’s school following the incident.
“We have taken the decision after we discovered that the school did not meet the basic requirements and minimum operating standards as stipulated by the Ministry of Education,” he said.
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