Parents of the children filed a lawsuit against the suspect.
The parents of the children filed a lawsuit against a 34-year old suspect, who works as a technician in the city, for his alleged involvement in the abuse of minors, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).
The statement did not, however, reveal the number of victims in the case.
The parents said that the suspect lured victims “without violence” to a secluded place in the city to sexually assault them.
Police have been carrying out an investigation for the past few weeks to identify the suspect, who is now in custody.
Law enforcement officers in the region put the suspect in custody for further investigation into the circumstances of the case.
Article 485 of Morocco’s Criminal Code punishes sexual abuse of children and minors with a prison sentence ranging from 12 to 20 years in prison.
The article is applicable also to suspects who sexually abuse victims with special needs or mental disorders.
The El Jadida scandal is not the first of its kind in Morocco. Several other sexual assault cases against minors have caused uproar among Moroccans in the past few years.
The latest incident was near Fez in September 2019. Police in the city arrested a Spanish national for pedophilia. The suspect was caught while showing pornographic videos to a child at a local Internet Cafe in Al Hajeb, 60 kilometers from Fez.
A previous report from Moroccan NGO “Do not touch my child” said that around 26.000 children are raped in Morocco annually.
The 2013 report said that the vast majority of the incidents are not reported to the police.
Other pedophilia incidents include the arrest of an Australian-Hungarian man at Rabat’s beach while attempting to take photos of minors in August 2019.
In February 2019, a Moroccan court sentenced an American man to four years in prison for raping minors and a married woman in Chichaoua, near Marrakech and in January 2018, a French man was also arrested in Fez for raping four minors.