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Another Swakopmund teacher accused of raping a minor

Another Swakopmund teacher accused of raping a minor

Niël Terblanché

THE 26-year-old Jerome Ashley Cloete, a music teacher at the Mondesa Youth Opportunities School, made his first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on charges of rape and sexual abuse.


Cloete is accused of having sexually assaulting and raping an 11-year-old boy on several occasions since the end of last year. He is the second school teacher in Swakopmund to be arrested on charges of the sexual abuse of a minor in less than a month.


The 37-year-old Sydney Somseb, a teacher at the Tamariskia Primary School in Swakopmund has been in custody since the start of the first week of October after he was charged with rape. It was revealed that he was involved in an alleged sexual relationship with an under aged girl for the past two years.


Somseb stands accused of having started the relationship with the minor girl when she was still a learner at the primary school, where he was employed as a teacher, two years ago. The victim is currently in Grade 9 at one of the coastal town’s secondary schools.

Pictured: Jerome Ashley Cloete who appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on charges of sexual assault and rape of a minor boy at the school where he was a music teacher. – Photo: Contributed

Somseb made his first appearance on the charge of rape in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on 9 October this year. He has been in police custody ever since after Magistrate Nelao Brown remanded him in custody until 20 November this year to allow the Namibian Police to investigate the matter further.


With regards to the latest incident involving Cloete and the 11-year-old boy it is alleged that the teachers started abusing the boy at the end of last year. The sexual assault and rape was only discovered on the 24th of October when the boy informed some of his other teachers about it. The teachers informed the victim’s parents who in turn laid a charge of rape and sexual assault with the Namibian Police in Swakopmund.


Cloete stands accused of luring his minor victim into to empty classrooms at the school where he at first forced the boy to play with his genitals. As time progressed the teacher went on to sodomising the boy on several occasions over the past ten months.


The accused person made his first appearance before Magistrate Conchita Olivier earlier on Friday morning where the he was formally informed about the seriousness of the charges he face.


Cloete indicated that he intends to apply for legal aid from the state before he was remanded in custody until the 22 of January.


The music teacher’s arrest was preceded earlier this week by the arrest of another serial child rapist known as The Ghost in the Tutaleni neighbourhood of Walvis Bay.


The 32-year-old Petrus Geiseb stands accused of sexually assaulting and raping four little girls between the ages of eight and ten on several occasions over a period of four months. The sexual misconduct with the minor victims was discovered at the the end of September but the man known as The Ghost was only arrested this past week.


According to the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the accused person on several occasions lured the victims with sweets to his room in a house on Sitren Street in Tutaleni.


He allegedly exposed his four young victims to pornographic videos while they were in his room where after he then coerced them and forced them to perform sexual acts with him.


Geiseb made his first appearance on the charges of sexual assault and rape on Thursday where he was remanded in custody.

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