A married teacher at Fletcher High School in Gweru allegedly preyed on a male pupil (19) from the institution and sent him pictures of his manhood and a gay pornographic video as a way of enticing him.
A source close to investigations on the matter told this publication that the teacher, Gilbert Mano who is also an elder at AFM church in Shurugwi allegedly confiscated phones of the pupils as they are not allowed at the school premises.
Having hatched a plan, Mano is alleged to have secretly given back one Lower Sixth boy his phone.
He reportedly started proposing love to him and sending pictures of his manhood.
“He had confiscated phones from the school children, but decided to hand back the boy his mobile phone in exchange of love.
“It is understood that since then, the teacher sent strings of messages proposing love to the boy and pictures of his manhood including pornographic material,” said the source.
The matter came to light during the school holidays when the victim’s father asked him why he had performed dismally in his end of year exams.
When the boy failed to give satisfactory answers, his father interrogated him and as a result he opened up.
“The teacher’s actions really disturbed the boy and he failed his end of year exams which raised questions from his father.
“His father asked him why he had failed and what was bothering him. The boy bared it all to his father,” said the source.
The concerned father took it upon himself and started chatting with the teacher pretending to be his son. The unsuspecting teacher poured out his heart promising the boy heaven on earth.
“Mano responded not knowing he was in fact chatting to the boy’s father. In one of the messages he was telling the boy that he bought him underwear and would love to see him putting them on,” he said.
The boy’s father reported the matter to Gweru police.
The child’s father (name withheld) confirmed the incident, but did not divulge much information saying he did not want to interfere with the case as investigations were still under way.
“It is true that there is such a case, but I am afraid l cannot shed more light as l fear that it might compromise the investigations,” he said.
National police spokesperson Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment as her mobile phone was not reachable.
A police source revealed that investigations were still under way and Mano was picked for questioning and released.
Efforts to get a comment from Mano were fruitless as his phones were unreachable.