Merdeka.com – Police Resort City (Polresta) Mamuju, West Sulawesi arrested a man with the initials IK (35) after molesting a minor who was none other than his own student. The perpetrator molested the victim four times in a guesthouse.
The head of the Mamuju Police, Commissioner Iskandar, said the obscenity case had been handled by the Women and Children Service Unit (PPA). The perpetrator was arrested on Jalan AP Pettarani, Binanga Village, Mamuju District, Mamuju Regency.
“The perpetrator is a religious leader or an imam at a mosque in Mamuju City,” said Iskandar when contacted by telephone, Thursday (22/9).
Iskandar said that the perpetrator’s depraved act began when the victim’s relative read a WhatsApp message to the perpetrator. At that time, the victim’s relatives read a message to the perpetrator who claimed to be afraid of getting pregnant after having sex.
“The witness informed the parents of the victim. Then the parents asked their children about the WhatsApp message,” he explained.
When urged by his parents, the victim, who was 16 years old, admitted that he had been sexually assaulted by the perpetrator four times. The last relationship, occurred on September 9, 2022 in a guest house.
“The victim admitted that the perpetrator had sexual intercourse four times at Wisma 89,” he said.
Iskandar explained the motive for the perpetrator to have sex with the victim, namely by trickery and persuasion. In fact, said Iskandar, the perpetrator already has a wife and children.
“The perpetrator picked up the victim at a friend’s house because it was raining. Next, the perpetrator took the victim to Wisma 89 and persuaded the victim to have intercourse,” he said.
The suspect was charged with Article 81 paragraph (2) of Law No. 17 of 2016 concerning the stipulation of PERPU No. 1 of 2016 the second amendment to Law No. 23 of 2002 on child protection. The suspect faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a minimum of 5 years.