A 20 year old man found cohabiting with a grade 6 girl has been arrested at Nyadorera in Usonga location in Siaya County.
According to the assistant chief, the incident occurred at Udamai village where the suspect, Julius Ochieng Obonyo was found cohabiting with the 15-year-old girl, who happens to be a pupil at the nearby Dibuoro Primary School.
The girl who lives with her grandmother had gone missing for almost a week and they had been looking for her.
He said that they raided Obonyo’s house at around midnight and found the boda boda operator and the girl, both of whom were taken to the Nyadorera police patrol base.
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“We mounted a search for the minor and with the support from the community policing committee, we got wind that the suspect had hidden her in his house,” said the assistant chief.
Case of early marriages have been on the rise in the region. Quite a number of girls have reportedly dropped out school and incidences of early pregnancy have been on the rise. The bodaboda operators from the region have been largely blamed as the main culprits of the menace.
The man is expected to be arraigned in court and answer to the charges of child defilement.
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