Police in Kwania district are holding a man for defiling two underage girls.
The suspect, Okao Justin aged 23 and resident of Awei village, Abongomola sub-County in Kwania district allegedly defiled the girls on Wednesday.
He reportedly lured the girls aged 11 and 13 into sex after he found them harvesting red pepper in his garden and accused them of stealing his cassava at around 1:00pm.
One of the victims however managed to escape and report the incident to her father who then alerted local authorities leading to his arrest.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson said a case of aggravated defilement was registered at Kwania Central Police Post and the necessary evidence has been gathered to help investigations.
At least 10,053 children aged 15-17 years were defiled in 2021 alone, according to the Police Annual Crime Report.