Anambra state police have arrested James Rich, a 31-year-old married church worker, for impregnating a 14-year-old girl.
The father of two children is employed at St Michaels and All Angels Anglican Church in Ifite Awka, Anambra.
He allegedly took the teenage girl to the church toilet right before the start of the church service and had canal knowledge of her, after which he allegedly handed her N200 to buy herself something.
Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, the media aide of the Commissioner for Women’s Affairs, Hon Ify Obinabo, in a statement said: “James Rich from Cross River State, but resident in Awka, Anambra State, is a yardman at St Michaels and All Angels Anglican Church, Ifite Awka.
The suspect accepted to have defil£d the 14 year old and impregnated her in the process. He explained that he usually does so every Sunday morning at the church premises, and that he has had carnal knowledge of her for about three times after which he gives her the sum of N200 to buy biscuit.
The suspect who is married with two children and expecting the third, lives in the church premises where he carries out his daily activity.
He pleaded for pardon stating that this is his first time of committing the crime and that it was temptation that made him do so.
On her part, the 14 year old victim who has developmental challenges added that the suspect usually d£files her early every Sunday morning before 6:30am service starts.“
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