Nakuru police probe officer over claims of sexually harassing teen in cell
An officer at Mwariki Police Station in Nakuru Town is on the spot over allegations that he sexually harassed a 19-year-old woman who was being held at the station.
Police say they are investigating allegations that the officer demanded sexual favours to secure the orphan’s release.
According to the woman’s guardian, she was arrested on Monday for allegedly being found drinking alcohol outside the stipulated time.
“The girl was in the company of a friend and they were heading to a relative’s funeral meeting at the neighbouring Free Area Estate when she was arrested. I got information from her friend later that she was held in Mwariki Police Station,” said the guardian.
Police took up the matter after it was shared on social media by activist Boniface Mwangi. It sparked public outrage, with social media users demanding the immediate arrest of the officer.
The OCS declined to speak about the matter, instead referring the Nation to the area OCPD.
When contacted, Nakuru OCPD Joshua Omukata said he had launched investigations into the matter.
“I am not aware of the incident, but investigations have been launched to establish what transpired because that is a serious offence,” he said.
A source told the Nation that all the police officers who were on duty on the night the girl was arrested were being investigated.
The girl was released at around 11.30am on Monday.
Her guardian said he had already taken up the matter and he would ensure she gets justice.