An American missionary who had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old Ugandan girl has been given a 10-year prison sentence.

After being found guilty of defiling a 14-year-old Ugandan girl who was in his charge at the Orthodox Presbyterian church situated in Mbale District, American missionary Eric Tuininga was given a ten-year prison sentence.

In 2019, a fellow US citizen working at the same church reported that 45-year-old Tuininga was engaging in sexual activity with Ugandan girls as young as 14 years old who were under the care of their church. The US Embassy in Kampala received the report.

Federal investigators from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security in Kampala began an inquiry into the claims, and they later identified the victimized child, who was 14 at the time Tuininga had sex with her in May 2019.

US Attorney Peter D. Lear said.

“Eric Tuininga used his trusted position as a pastor to sexually assault a young Ugandan girl in his care, this was a challenging case, but law enforcement worked diligently to ensure that Tuininga did not escape justice for his crime overseas, ” 

He was found guilty of sexually abusing a juvenile, and as a result, he was given a 10-year sentence in a US federal prison.

US District Judge Marc T. Treadwell ordered him to make $20,000 (about Shs75 million) in reparations and spend the rest of his life under supervision as a registered sex offender when he was released from jail.

Mr. Tuininga entered a guilty plea in February and was arrested while awaiting punishment. According to the accounts from the time, he could have spent 30 years behind bars. According to a number of US media publications, Tuininga should receive a sentence of seven to nine years.

After hearing testimony from the victim’s caregiver and some of Tuininga’s family members, the judge handed down a 10-year sentence.

US Attorney Peter D. Leary is quoted in a statement below.

“I want to recognize the true bravery displayed by the Ugandan girl for speaking out when she was assaulted by a trusted person of power from another country, courageously seeking justice across continents, ” 

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