Maldives Police Service arrested a 20-year-old man early Wednesday over sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy.
Police stated that they received reports of the crime on Tuesday, and made the arrest under a court order.
The crime took place on an island in the North Police Division, which comprises the atolls of Noonu, Raa, Baa and Lhaviyani.
Police stated that the investigation was underway but did not disclose further information to protect the identity of the victim.
There have been a series of child sexual abuse cases reported to the authorities since mid-January, after the shocking case of a 2-year-old toddler sexually abused by her grandfather and great-grandfather came to light.