Batagodage Wesley Keerthi Kumara, the ‘kapuwa’ of Metaramba Sathara Maha Dewalaya in Unawatuna was arrested by the CID over accusation of sexually molesting a number of students at a popular boys’ school in Galle. He was remanded by Court till 23 August yesterday (11). The students were aged between 9 and 12 years.
The suspect has filmed these sexual activities and sold them to overseas buyers.
According to CID sources, the investigation on the suspect was commenced by DIG Prasad Ranasinghe of the CID and CID Director SSP Kavinda Piyasekara, following an anonymous letter.
The CID has already identified nine victims and recorded their statements. They have told the CID that a student of the same school brought them to the residence of the suspect, located near the Metaramba Sathara Maha Dewalaya. The suspect has also taken the victims to another house owned by him in Athurugiriya.
According to the CID, the suspect has given money to the victims amounting to between Rs 30,000 and 40,000 and due to this some parents have allegedly sent the children to his residences.
The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has recorded video statements from the victims.
The suspect who has frequently made appearances on local TV channels to preach pseudoscience, has allegedly tried to bribe the CID officers when they went to arrest him. With his arrest, several powerful politicians in Galle and senior Police officers have allegedly tried to intervene to secure his release, the CID said.
(Dial 1929; the hotline of the NCPA to report child abuses)
BY Keerthi Mendis