19 pupils, including 12-year-old boy sodomized by JSS teacher

A Social Studies teacher of the Kulpi Junior High School in the East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region is in the grips of the police for sodomising 19 boys.

The suspect, Nantomah Musah Otabil, is being held for sexual abuse of students as young as 12 years old.

He has since been charged and remanded for defiling and having unnatural carnal knowledge of male students from the school.

The suspect was arrested in the early hours of Monday, 27 September, following a complaint lodged by some family members of the victims.

Nine pupils initially accused the teacher of the crime, but seven later opened up to also point fingers at the teacher. As of Thursday, September 30,  a total of 19 pupils had accused Otabil of the crime.

It is still unclear why the teacher who has been teaching in the community for the past four years would engage in such activities, but residents say this might not be his first time.

Together with their parents, the children were issued police medical forms to go to the Salaga Government Hospital for medical examination.

The relatives also want police handling the matter to fast-track the processes to get the suspect jailed.

Colleague teachers who heard of his arrest expressed shock indicating that Otabil had never exhibited such traits.

“Otabil is somebody that if someone had told me that he has even slept with a lady, I wouldn’t have believed because ever since I have been here in the same quarters with him for the past four years, I have never seen him with a lady before.

“He is also a Pentecost Elder, and he prays a lot. It was difficult for me when I heard the news; I’m still in shock,” Nyaaba Veronica told 3news.

The suspect is to reappear before the Salaga Magistrate Court on 13 October 2021.

This is not the first time the issue of sodomy has surfaced in schools.

On 1 June 2011, a Mathematics teacher of Adisadel College in Cape Coast was alleged to have sodomised some students.

Richard Atta Panyin was arrested following a report made by the Headmaster of ADISCO, Mr H.K. Graham.

On 22 March 2018, a 21-year-old teacher was sentenced to eight years for sodomising a class one pupil.

The convict Michael Owiredu of the Alabasta Preparatory School at Opah, near Amasaman, was hired by the victim’s father to conduct extra classes for the boy at home.

He took advantage of the situation to sexually abuse the boy. His first encounter with the victim was in an uncompleted building in the vicinity. On other occasions, Owiredu took the victim to his house to have anal sex with him.

Also, on 20 June 2020, a 30-year-old class three teacher, Seth Kwabena Anim, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court for sodomising a 12-year-old boy.

The victim (name withheld) is a first year Junior High School (JHS) student in the school where the convict teaches.

Following the coronavirus outbreak, Anim visited the victim at home to assist him with his online school assignments.

Anim was arrested on 11 June 2020, when the victim’s mother suspected the teacher of having unnatural carnal knowledge with her son.

He was sentenced on his second appearance when he pleaded guilty to a charge of defilement.

He is to serve his sentence in the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison in the Central Region.

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