Indonesia police arrest headmaster for sexual abuse

Tangerang city police in Banten have nabbed TR, the principal of a state-run elementary school in Tangerang, Banten, for allegedly molesting 12 pupils.

Tangerang city police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sutarmo said the 51-year-old suspect had been under police custody since Saturday. He said the arrest was made to avoid possible mob violence.

Sutarmo said the sexual abuse allegedly took place at the school principal's office on June 12 and 13.

"The suspect reasoned that he only wanted to know whether his students had engaged in sexual intercourse. However, he also committed other misdeeds," he said as quoted by Antara news agency.

One of the victims reported the abuse to his parents, who later pressed charges against the suspect. Police confiscated some evidence, including two T-shirts, two Boy Scout pants and underpants.

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