Katavi: Religious Teacher Arrested for Assaulting Children During Lessons

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The Katavi Regional Police Force has arrested Joseph John (27) of Mpanda Catholic Church on suspicion of sexually assaulting four children.

Speaking to reporters today, Thursday, February 10, 2022, Katavi Regional Police Commander ACP Ally Makame stated that the suspect committed the crime in multiple locations.

He stated that the suspect was apprehended on February 3, 2022, for duping the children into accompanying him to conduct business in various locations.

“After completing their religious lessons, he was carrying them on his motorcycle and then committing atrocities on them,” Makame explained.

“After his arrest, we interviewed him, and he confessed to doing so; additionally, some of the children we interviewed agreed to be abused,” he said.

Commander Makame stated that the investigation into his case is complete and that the suspect had been taken to court.

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