Police in the Solomon Islands province of Choiseul have arrested a school principal for the alleged rape of a-14-year old girl.
Provincial Police Commander Vincent Eria said the incident was particularly sad because the suspect is also the uncle of the victim.
Mr Eria said because the alleged incident involved a school principal it has caused fear among parents forcing them not to send their children to the concerned school.
He said as the situation had disturbed the school, police arrested the school principal and removed him to allow the school to continue with its normal school activities.
Police said they were investigating the incident and have called on all parties to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.