Kampala, (UG): The Police at Kanyanya Division in Kampala are holding one Kato John Ssenfuma, a 40-year-old teacher over the attempted defilement of a 15-year-old student at Hillside College Mityana where he teaches.
Ssenfuma was arrested after he had visited the student’s home in Kyebando-Erisa Zone in Kawempe Division, a Kampala suburb for the alleged sexual experience.
Police say the arrest of the teacher followed a lodged complaint to the police by the guardian of the student only identified as Ms Sheilah who became aware of the teacher’s communication with the juvenile through their WhatsApp conversations in which he asked to be invited to their premises for the ‘enjoyment’.
“Ms Sheilah reported that the family became aware of Mr Ssenfuma’s communication with the juvenile through WhatsApp, prompting his invitation to their premises,” ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson, stated on Wednesday.
In one particularly troubling message, the 40-year-old teacher suggested, “Instead of spending money on hiring a room, why can’t I give it to you because you need money.” The messages also included an unsettling inquiry about the student’s safety at home, with Senfuma asking, “Are you safe at home and in a gate?”
However, his luck ran through when the parents of the minor ambushed him after he entered their living room in an incident captured in videos that have since gone viral showing the teacher pleading for mercy and forgiveness from the parents after he was found with two packets of unused ‘Kiss’ condoms.
“On January 13, 2024, Mr Ssenfuma travelled to the designated venue and was subsequently apprehended upon arrival,” Mr Owoyesigyire explained, adding that the police carried out a medical examination on the victim and confirmed her well-being as the intended activity did not transpire.
Ssenfuma’s case file has since been submitted to the office of the Resident State Attorney, and the Kanyanya Police has received guidance on the next steps. “The file is pending resubmission for sanctioning, and the suspect will face charges as determined by the Prosecution,” Mr Owoyesigyire stated.
At the time of writing, the administration of Hillside College Mityana was yet to respond with an official statement on the matter and a confirmation of whether the subjects in the case are familiar with the school.
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