Rabat - A suspected pedophile was arrested this Tuesday in Imintanoute, 120 kilometers away from Marrakech, on suspicion of child abuse.
Rabat – A suspected pedophile was arrested this Tuesday in Imintanoute, 120 kilometers away from Marrakech, on suspicion of child abuse.
Local Gendarmerie caught the 50-year old suspect red-handed abusing a 14-year old innocent child, after neighbors alerted the authorities.
The victim admitted during interrogations that the suspect offered him his bicycle to satisfy his obscene sexual desires.
According to the latest statistics made available by La Coalition contre les actes pedophiles (the Moroccan Coalition Against Child Abuse), three children are sexually abused every day in Morocco.
The estimated number of reported child abuse cases in 2015 reached 935, an increase of 10 percent compared to 2014 (850 cases).
According to the same source, 635 of the total pedophilia victims in 2015 were male victims.
Crimes of solicitation in minors and their sexual abuse are punishable with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison under the Moroccan Penal Code.
However, Khalid Cherkapoui, President of the coalition told the press in a previous statement that most of the court rulings against the convicted pedophiles in 2015 received light court rulings.
“Most of court rulings against convicted pedophiles were between one year and four years in jail… Some pedophiles were even released, due to lack of evidences,” Cherkaoui said.