Primary school principal in Badung charged with statutory rape of former student

File photo of an individual being handcuffed.
File photo of an individual being handcuffed.

Police in Bali’s Badung regency has named a 43-year-old primary school principal as suspect for the alleged rape against one of his former students.

“Based on our investigation, the suspect has admitted to his misdeed. It wasn’t a one-time thing as the suspect admitted to having invited the victim to his house and a number of lodgings,” Laorens Rajamangapul, who heads the crimes unit at Badung Police, told Tribun yesterday.

The suspect, identified by his initials IWS, allegedly first raped the victim in 2016. According to reports, the rape went on until earlier this year in January with the victim now a 16-year-old high school student.

The first alleged rape occurred when the victim, who was in sixth grade, was called by IWS to the principal’s office. Police said IWS coerced the victim to meet his demands then, and continued to do so well after the victim graduated primary school. 

The case only came to light after the victim’s father was approached by his child’s current teacher, who shared how the victim confided about having been raped by IWS. The victim’s family then filed a police report on Saturday, and IWS was promptly arrested the day after.

IWS is charged with sexual abuse under Indonesia’s Child Protection Law, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment. 

Read more news and updates from Bali here.

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