KEPALA BATAS: The police arrested a disabled Form One student to assist in the investigation into an alleged molest case involving 14 schoolchildren here on Friday (Dec 1).
Seberang Perai Selatan OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Asri Shafie said the police arrested the 13-year-old boy after receiving a report from the school’s principal on Friday.
"The principal lodged a police report that 14 male students, aged 13 to 14 years old, with disabilities ranging from vision, learning and hearing impairment and autism, were allegedly molested by a Form One student in the school's dormitory.
"The teen is now remanded to help investigations into the case,” he said in a statement Saturday (Dec 2) night.
He said further investigations are still being carried out, including locating witnesses and recording the statements of the victims involved.
The case is being investigated under Section 14 of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 which provides for imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and whipping, upon conviction.
He also advised the public to report any information about sexual crimes against children.
He added that the public should also be on alert for such cases as it has lifelong far-reaching consequences, in terms of mental and emotional health if not stopped early. - Bernama