Authorities in Arua City have apprehended a police officer suspected of sexually assaulting a one-year-and-nine-month-old girl.
The accused, Otim Thomas, a 49-year-old inspector of police overseeing the West Nile Region Police Standards Unit, was taken into custody for the alleged crime, which reportedly took place on Independence Day.
According to Nasima Rachael, the mother of the victim, Otim, who had been their neighbor for approximately seven years, returned to the police barracks around midday and beckoned her daughter, as he often did. However, this time, the child hesitated to respond. Despite the resistance, Otim forcibly took the girl, leading to a distressing cry that prompted Nasima to intervene.
Upon investigation, it was revealed that the girl had suffered physical harm, evidenced by redness and a tear on her genital wall. The child was subsequently taken to a referral hospital, where she received appropriate medical attention, including post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent any potential infections.
Josephine Angucia, the West Nile regional police spokesperson, confirmed the arrest and assured that the authorities had initiated a thorough investigation into the matter, emphasizing the implementation of necessary protocols to safeguard the child’s well-being.