By Daniel Bampoe
ALEXANDER YAW Offei, who was arrested for having sexual intercourse with 64 women and allegedly capturing the act on video – which circulated in the social media in Begoro in the Eastern Region – has been freed, DAILY GUIDE has gathered. The limping photographer was freed by the Begoro police last week after he had vehemently denied recording and distributing the leaked tapes last year June. The 53-year-old man was arrested by the Manhyia Divisional police in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, five months ago when the news broke that he was spotted in a video having sex with young women in his photo studio at Begoro and bolted. Some vigilant members of the public spotted him and alerted the police.
DAILY GUIDE had reported that three other suspects had earlier been picked up by the Begoro police to assist in investigations after the sex videos had become public.
Ofei, elder of the SDA Church and chorister, accused one of his former apprentices of recording and distributing the tapes. According to him, the said apprentice sent him a text message on August 18, 2014 threatening to reveal his (Ofei’s) escapades to the public if he did not pay her off. “I quickly sent her GH¢600. I had to run away from Begoro because of the stigma,” Mr. Offei explained. When the news went viral in the social media, the Begoro chief, Daseebre Awuah Kotoko, threatened to punish Offei whenever he was arrested.
The Fanteakwa District Chief Executive (DCE), Abbas Fuseini Sbabe, confirming the photographer’s release in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, cited the same excuse by Offei. His wife, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, in the heat of the saga, expressed worry about the incident, saying she never knew of her husband’s alleged action until the public started pointing fingers at her. DAILY GUIDE has gathered that after his release Offei has vacated the town, leaving behind his wife and children. A visit to Begoro by this paper revealed that Offei’s photo studio had been closed.