According to the child, the suspect assaulted her multiple times in November and December of the previous year.
“We come from humble circumstances, and this young, exceptionally bright student, sponsored by Equity Bank, has been deeply disturbed by the pastor we trusted to instill good morals in his congregation, only to turn out to be a betrayer. We demand justice for this child, and if the pastor is found guilty, he must face legal consequences as a lesson for others,” added the family member.
Deputy Chief Christopher Chebon confirmed that the girl was examined at Kabartonjo Hospital and verified to be pregnant.
According to the chief, the girl was interviewed at the police station and admitted that after informing the suspect about new incidents in December, she brought a testing kit to confirm for herself if she was pregnant, as she claimed… the results turned out to be true.
“The girl claimed that when the suspect realized his wrongdoing would be exposed, he bought drugs and sent them to the girl’s home on January 6, instructing her to ingest them to terminate the pregnancy, but the drugs failed. The girl then fled to a village to find work elsewhere to conceal the unsuccessful abortion,” explained Mr. Chebon.
When Taifa Leo visited the house on Saturday, the girl had been taken to Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet after falling ill. Baringo County Police Commander Julius Kiragu confirmed the arrest of the suspect, who is currently under their custody at Kabarnet police station.
“We have arrested the pastor on allegations of impregnating a Form Two student under the care of her grandmother and sponsored by Equity Bank. The suspect is accused of assaulting the girl in a forest near his home after asking her to show him the way to a specific neighbor’s house,” Mr. Kiragu said.
“After learning that the girl was pregnant, he attempted to administer drugs to induce an abortion, but they were unsuccessful. The suspect will be brought to court on Monday,” added the county police chief.
Mr. Kiragu expressed concern about the extreme cases of sexual assault in the area and warned of severe consequences for those found guilty.
This incident occurred just days after another Form Two student in the same constituency claimed to have been raped by a primary school teacher, with the suspect allegedly collaborating with some government officials to fraudulently provide the child with identification to dismiss the case.