Dean of Students Arrested for rape
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The Paynesville City Magisterial Court has charged a Teacher, identified as Abraham N. Mah, for statutory rape of a 15-year female student.

Teacher Mah is the Dean of Students of the Mount Carmel Institute, located on the GSA-Road, Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

 The Defendant Abraham N. Mah, believed to be in his early 40 was charged yesterday with the commission of the crime following preliminary investigation by the Zone-Five, Police Depot, in Paynesville.

According court records, Defendant Mah on March 2, 2018, took the victim, (name withheld) to his friend’s house and forcibly had sex with her.

 “Predicated upon the complaint of the private prosecutors after they sworn upon oath, the Republic of Liberia by and through the assigned City solicitor has charged you (the herein named Defendant), with the commission of the crime of statutory rape in violation of the statute,” the court records indicated.

The record of the court also states: “on the 2nd of March, A.D. 2018 and at the GSA, when the girl and friends went for a program, after the program at GSA Road, the Defendant took her to his friend’s house and forcibly had sex with her and told her (victim) that if she tells her parents, he will kill her, and the Defendant is a teacher of her school.”

“The act by the Defendant being criminal, intentional and wicked, therefore the Defendant did do and commit the crime of statutory rape,” the record of the Court said.

After several hours at the Paynesville City Magisterial Court, the Defendant was transferred to the Monrovia Central Prison, pending trial by Criminal Court “E” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.

The victim narrated to her parents that Teacher Mah had early taken her to a local motel, but she resisted his attempt to have sexual intercourse with her, until on this faithful day that he took her to his friend’s house and pushed her into the room, subsequently forcing her to have sex.

The victim went on to explain to her parents that when she was pushed into the room, the friend of the Defendant (name not given) thereafter locked the door from outside, so as to prevent intruders.

The parents of the victim explained to the INSIGHT that their daughter is currently undergoing treatment at a local Hospital.

“We were advised by the doctor to constantly carry her for treatment because of the forceful penetration,” the parents said.

Teacher Abraham Mah has since denied the accusation, terming it as “a setup” to tannish his hard-earned good character.

When contacted by the INSIGHT, the Principal of the Mount Carmel School who could not confirm or deny the accusation against teacher Mah, said he will only comment based on the release of the investigative report by the Liberia National Police (LNP).

Principal Benjamin Delino however confirmed that Defendant Mah is in the employ of the Institution, and that he is the Dean of Students. The Principal also confirmed that the victim is a student of the institution.

Rape is a non-bailable offense under the current Rape Law of Liberia.

The 2005 Rape Law defines rape as “The intentional penetration however slight with the perpetrator’s penis of the victim’s vagina, anus, mouth, or other opening without the victim’s consent, or the intentional penetration with a foreign object or other body part of the victim’s vagina or anus without the victim’s consent.”

The law is therefore gender-neutral, providing for both male and female victims and perpetrators. It is also possible to charge for spousal rape even though the law does not explicitly refer to it.

The Rape Law raised the age of consent to 18 and defines consent broadly, providing that a person consents if he or she does so by choice and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.

The law also contains specific provisions concerning gang rape, which is defined as purposely promoting or facilitating rape, or agreeing “with one or more persons to engage in or cause the performance of conduct which shall constitute rape.”

The law provides for severe sentences for rape, including life imprisonment in the case of conviction of rape in the first degree.

There is also provision for on camera testimony by victim-witnesses, for the purpose of witness protection.

The Penal Law also addresses rape, including Aggravated Involuntary Sodomy (Section 14.72), Involuntary Sodomy (Section 14.73), Corruption of Minors (Section 14.75), and Sexual Abuse of [a] Ward (Section 14.76).

 

The Paynesville City Magisterial Court has charged a Teacher, identified as Abraham N. Mah, for statutory rape of a 15-year female student.

Teacher Mah is the Dean of Students of the Mount Carmel Institute, located on the GSA-Road, Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

 The Defendant Abraham N. Mah, believed to be in his early 40 was charged yesterday with the commission of the crime following preliminary investigation by the Zone-Five, Police Depot, in Paynesville.

According court records, Defendant Mah on March 2, 2018, took the victim, (name withheld) to his friend’s house and forcibly had sex with her.

 “Predicated upon the complaint of the private prosecutors after they sworn upon oath, the Republic of Liberia by and through the assigned City solicitor has charged you (the herein named Defendant), with the commission of the crime of statutory rape in violation of the statute,” the court records indicated.

The record of the court also states: “on the 2nd of March, A.D. 2018 and at the GSA, when the girl and friends went for a program, after the program at GSA Road, the Defendant took her to his friend’s house and forcibly had sex with her and told her (victim) that if she tells her parents, he will kill her, and the Defendant is a teacher of her school.”

“The act by the Defendant being criminal, intentional and wicked, therefore the Defendant did do and commit the crime of statutory rape,” the record of the Court said.

After several hours at the Paynesville City Magisterial Court, the Defendant was transferred to the Monrovia Central Prison, pending trial by Criminal Court “E” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.

The victim narrated to her parents that Teacher Mah had early taken her to a local motel, but she resisted his attempt to have sexual intercourse with her, until on this faithful day that he took her to his friend’s house and pushed her into the room, subsequently forcing her to have sex.

The victim went on to explain to her parents that when she was pushed into the room, the friend of the Defendant (name not given) thereafter locked the door from outside, so as to prevent intruders.

The parents of the victim explained to the INSIGHT that their daughter is currently undergoing treatment at a local Hospital.

“We were advised by the doctor to constantly carry her for treatment because of the forceful penetration,” the parents said.

Teacher Abraham Mah has since denied the accusation, terming it as “a setup” to tannish his hard-earned good character.

When contacted by the INSIGHT, the Principal of the Mount Carmel School who could not confirm or deny the accusation against teacher Mah, said he will only comment based on the release of the investigative report by the Liberia National Police (LNP).

Principal Benjamin Delino however confirmed that Defendant Mah is in the employ of the Institution, and that he is the Dean of Students. The Principal also confirmed that the victim is a student of the institution.

Rape is a non-bailable offense under the current Rape Law of Liberia.

The 2005 Rape Law defines rape as “The intentional penetration however slight with the perpetrator’s penis of the victim’s vagina, anus, mouth, or other opening without the victim’s consent, or the intentional penetration with a foreign object or other body part of the victim’s vagina or anus without the victim’s consent.”

The law is therefore gender-neutral, providing for both male and female victims and perpetrators. It is also possible to charge for spousal rape even though the law does not explicitly refer to it.

The Rape Law raised the age of consent to 18 and defines consent broadly, providing that a person consents if he or she does so by choice and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.

The law also contains specific provisions concerning gang rape, which is defined as purposely promoting or facilitating rape, or agreeing “with one or more persons to engage in or cause the performance of conduct which shall constitute rape.”

The law provides for severe sentences for rape, including life imprisonment in the case of conviction of rape in the first degree.

There is also provision for on camera testimony by victim-witnesses, for the purpose of witness protection.

The Penal Law also addresses rape, including Aggravated Involuntary Sodomy (Section 14.72), Involuntary Sodomy (Section 14.73), Corruption of Minors (Section 14.75), and Sexual Abuse of [a] Ward (Section 14.76).

 

 
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