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More Children Pin Kalangala Suspected Pedophile

URN has come across email exchanges between the operators of Ssese humanitarian services, Glaser and the sponsors of the children under Glaser’s care indicating that some of the children had reported the matter to the sponsors.
06 Mar 2019 19:56
Bernhard Glaser and some of the children under his care at the Ssese Humanitarian Services
More children who have lived under the care of Ssese Humanitarian Services have pinned Bernhard Glaser, the owner of the home for sexually harassing them. 

Glaser is the Director of Ssese Humanitarian Services, a German/Belgian humanitarian initiative, allegedly providing rehabilitation services to infected, affected, abused and violated girls in Kalangala district. The centre, known among locals as Bery's place also provides psychosocial care to victims of sexually related offences.

But Despite the rather appealing purpose of the home, its director Bernard Glaser has been accused of sexually harassing less privileged children that under his care. Several girls under the home intimated to detectives at the Criminal Investigations Department that Glaser and a host of several tourists visiting Ssese humanitarian services had abused them sexually.

URN has come across email exchanges between the operators of Ssese humanitarian services, Glaser and the sponsors of the children under Glaser’s care indicating that some of the children had reported the matter to the sponsors.

In another email, one of the girls wrote to Glaser in an email expressing disappointment at his conduct.

“Because I was starving and looking for a bright future, thinking that you could help me wholeheartedly, I came to you. After some time, you turned into another man who demanded for pleasure in return for the care you provided,” the email reads.

The email correlates with information shared by another victim during a meeting with Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo on Friday.

Another statement recorded at the Police in Kibuli indicates that another teenager was sexually harassed two weeks ago. The girl shared her predicament with a teacher at Sserwanga Lwanga Memorial SS and was later taken to a Kalangala Health Center IV for treatment.

Meanwhile, Glaser and his wife were granted police bond today after more than six days in custody. Glaser’s wife was arrested after Police raided the home at Mwena Landing Site in Kalangala Town about two weeks ago. Glaser was arrested four days later when he went to Kibuli Police Station to secure the release of his wife.

Glazer was first arrested in November 2013 and charged after two children under his care accused him of sexual abuse. The minors aged between 12 and 14, said that Glaser had repeatedly defiled them since 2007. He stayed in detention for more than two months.

During the operation in which he was arrested, police recovered a dildo and lubricants that he allegedly applied to the victims before defiling them. The detectives found that all girls at the facility had implants, one of the ways used by ladies in family planning.

Subsequently, 21 suspected victims were relocated to Kampala for safe custody, but 19 of the children returned to Kalangala days later.

"They were taken back to a life they had left and instead opted to be at Bery's place, despite the anomalies that occur at the facility," Ritah Nakato, a former employee at the facility told URN.

In 2015, Justice John Eudes Keitirima dismissed all cases against Bernhard Glaser due to lack of evidence.

It was however established that whereas the organization was not a registered home, all district leaders including the then Kalangala Magistrate Gimungu Kenneth, District Chairperson Willy Lugoloobi, the Police Community Liaison Officer Baale Abraham and former Chairperson Daniel Kikoola were all board members of the organization.

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