Bogor, West Java. Police have arrested a Koran recitation teacher in the Wanaherang village in Gunung Putri, Bogor, after he admitted to having sexually molested 13 of his students over the course of two years.
The case was revealed after the parents of one of the kids, nine-year-old Bunga (who has chosen to go by an alias), reported the teacher, Nana Suryana, 47, to police. Bunga’s mother, Suwarti (also going by an alias) said she had learned about the alleged molestation from Bunga’s younger sister.
“Suwarti first heard about it from [Bunga’s sister], and then she asked Bunga for confirmation, after which she reported Nana to the police,” the head of Bogor Police’s child protection unit, First Insp. F. X. Suyadi, said in Bogor on Saturday.
“[Nana] admitted to molesting 13 children during the past two years, with the ages of the victims ranging from five to nine years old,” he added.
In Bunga’s case, Suyadi said, Nana had given the child Rp 2,000 (21 US cents) after he committed the act.
“He also threatened her, warning her not to tell anybody about it.”
He added that Nana was now detained in the Bogor Police station and would be charged with violating two articles of the 2002 Law on Child Protection, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail.