The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service has granted bail to Mathew Asante-Darko, a Visual Arts teacher of Kumasi Girls Senior High School accused of raping his student.
According to police investigators, the suspect is alleged to have raped a 2nd-year student left in his care by the parents.
The matter was officially lodged with the Manhyia Division of the Ghana Police Service who referred it to DOVVSU.
MyNewsGh.com checks reveal that the suspect was granted a police enquiry bail and directed to be reporting daily at the offices of DOVVSU to assist with investigations pending the outcome.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has revealed that it has also launched its set of investigations into the conduct of the embattled Arts teacher and will make the findings public upon conclusion.
Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the GES, Mark Ofori told MyNewsGh.com that “We have laws working. We also need to investigate it because the reputation of someone is involved. So we have referred the matter to the Regional Disciplinary Committee so in the interest of natural justice we are giving the suspects a fair hearing to determine the merit in the matter”.
He disclosed that the GES disciplinary committee will not shield anyone found culpable assuring the public that it would dispense justice in investigating the matter.
“For now it is a mere allegation but we will look into it and ensure that all parties are giving a hearing and then we can determine the way forward”, he assured.
It would be recalled Mathew Asante-Darko is alleged to have drugged his victim (name withheld) entrusted to his care by the parents. The student allegedly woke up to see the teacher having sex with her.
She is alleged to have reported the incident first to another teacher on campus.
That teacher then confronted the teacher who allegedly raped the female student, but he denied the allegation. Parents of the victim then lodged a complaint to the police.
Mr Asante-Darko was picked up by the police when the school’s board was meeting over the matter but has since been granted bail.