An Administration Police officer is in police custody after he was caught with an underage KCSE candidate in a lodging in Kilgoris Town, Narok County.

The two were busted in a room at the local Josvin Bar and Restaurant by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at around 8pm Tuesday.

The girl was transferred from her previous exam centre at Sankale Secondary School where the AP officer, identified as Patrick Mwendo, was manning to Sosio Secondary School.

“I have been seeing the officer in our school since we started exams. He has been talking to me about many things, today, he told me to accompany him to town and I obliged,” the girl told journalists.

Confirming the incident, Trans Mara West Deputy County Commissioner Mohamed Noor Hassan said the duo spent the night in police cells but the girl was released on Wednesday morning to sit her exams.

“We are still investigating the matter. The girl, who is below the age of 18, will also have to undergo a medical test to ascertain whether she may have been defiled,” said Mr Noor.

Reports indicate the candidate left her school and told teachers that she wanted to go do shopping in town.

Though she was a day scholar, the student had been boarding in the school during the exam period. Detectives are investigating why she was allowed to leave the school in the evening.

Concerned locals spotted her entering the lodging and subsequently informed the authorities.

The Deputy Commissioner said they are also investigating why the underage girl was allowed into a lodging.

“It is illegal and we are contemplating withdrawing their license,” he said.

Mr Alex Tampushi, a local who witnessed the arrest, said detectives had tried to conceal the incident but angry residents pressured them to take action.

“We forced them to re-arrest the officer after they released him under unclear circumstances,” said Mr Tampushi.

He added that detectives recovered packets of condoms from the lodging as exhibit.

“It is very sad that even with the stringent measures put by the government to curb teen pregnancies, officers who are supposed to protect minors still prey on them,” he said.

This comes in the wake of rising cases of teenage pregnancies and sexual offences against minors.

According to the Kenya Demographic Health Survey, Narok county has the highest statistics of teenage pregnancies in the country at 40 percent.