School Security Guard Arrested for Assaulting 54 Pupils

A primary school security guard has appeared in court in South Africa accused of assaulting 54 schoolgirls in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, BBC reports.

He was not asked to plead and will remain in custody until 18 October for a bail hearing.

Police opened the case on Monday after two young girls, thought to be eight and 12, went to a police station and alleged they had been sexually assaulted by the guard.

An investigation found another 52 pupils were allegedly assaulted, prosecutors say.

The alleged assaults are thought to have taken place over an 18-month period.

The Gauteng province education department has sent a team of social workers to provide support to the school children and investigate further.

South Africa has one of the highest incidents of rape and sexual assault in the world.

@BBC