Police in Masaka has detained Steven Ssendi, a 48 year old resident of Bwabikere village, Kalagala parish in Mukungwe Sub County for defiling five neighbors’ children and infecting them with the HIV virus.
The defiled children are said to be between 8 and 13 years old.
Ssendi was arrested by residents as he was defiling the youngest child who later invited the area LC1 chairperson Paul Lutaaya who later invited the Uganda Police Force.
Residents accused Ssendi of promising the young girls money as he defiled them, asked them not to say anything to their parents.
Juliet Shida the Police family and children protection officer at Masaka Police says their investigations indicate that Ssendi has defiled all the five children, and a host of other young girls within the vicinity.
Ssendi and the victims have been taken to hospital and all tested positive to the HIV virus.
Shida says, Ssendi will be taken to Masaka high court to answer aggravated defilement charges.
Records at Masaka Police indicate that 79 counts of defilement have since the inception of the Corona Virus lockdown in March 2020.
Police has now advised parents to take extra care of their children especially during this period when they are not in school so as to avoid further defilement cases from being registered.
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