VISAKHAPATNAM: A 69-year-old man, locally known as “chocolate uncle”, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a special Pocso court in Visakhapatnam on Monday for molesting a seven-year-old girl. The dispute was made within 24 months.
Sarika Venkata Ramana, a retired RTC employee who lives in HB colony under MVP police limits, is known as ‘chocolate uncle’ as he distributes chocolates to small children in the area. City police commissioner Ch Srikanth He said the crime was committed on the evening of December 15, 2020.
The boy was playing outside his house when Ramana lured him inside his house by giving him chocolates where he was sexually assaulted. When the victim’s mother returned from work in the evening, she found him crying and in pain. After realizing the crime, he immediately lodged a complaint at the MVP police station, where the police registered a case under sections 366 and 376 of the IPC, and section 6 of the Pocso Act.
This is the second such case in two months. On October 17, the Pocso court convicted 73-year-old Kolati Balayogi for molesting a nine-year-old girl under Arilova limits of police service and sentenced him to 20 years of RI.



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