BHOPAL: The 50-year-old hostel manager of a missionary school has been arrested for allegedly trying to molest a class VIII boy in Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh.
The hostel manager of Amar Jyoti High Secondary school identified as Fr Leo D'Souza was arrested by Amarpur police on Monday late night, said Simala Prasad, the superintendent of police (SP) in Dindori district on Tuesday.
According to the SP Prasad, the 13-year-old boy who had enrolled in the school and the hostel a fortnight ago, informed his family recently about Fr Leo D'Souza trying to sexually harass him.
The boy's family subsequently lodged a complaint with Amarpur police outpost on Monday alleging that D'Souza had called the boy in his room and tried to molest him.
"We subsequently began probing the matter and recorded statements of other students studying and residing at the school's hostel. Other students also told the police that the accused had tried objectionable acts with them in the past," said Prasad.
The accused was booked under Section 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and Section 342 of IPC (punishment for wrongful confinement), the Dindori SP added.
The accused was arrested on Monday late night and was produced before a court in Dindori which remanded him to judicial custody till July 20.