Booked under the POCSO Act, the accused has maintained that his advance age is itself a proof in medical science that he is incapable of sexual intercourse. He called himself impotent and sterile.
The accused, Mahesh (40), was arrested on Wednesday night after being booked under the POCSO Act and other relevant IPC sections by the Pir Bahore police station.
Police said when the girl returned home after collecting wood from the forest, the two boys told her she had contracted coronavirus and took her to one of their houses on the pretext of providing treatment.
The incident occurred on the night of Friday in (Modakpur) village, about 80km from Raisen, when the girl was walking to her house after attending a marriage, police said.
The man, a dyeing factory worker, had made false promise of marriage to the 16-year-old girl, living near his house in Lakkapuram.
According to prosecution, the man had been staying at the girl's house and 'sexually assaulted' her whenever the mother was away at work.
The administration has clarified that the five girls were pregnant before they were brought to the shelter home from various districts.
The neighbour was taken into custody based on a complaint filed by the girl's father, police said.
The Delhi High Court set aside the trial court's order granting interim bail to the accused in the minor's rape case without giving a hearing or notice to the girl.
The family members say that the accused, a man living in their neighbourhood, is a relative of the victim's mother, and would visit their home on one pretext or another.
The girl's father lodged a missing complaint on the next day after which police launched a search operation, Manoharpur SHO Ramswaroop said.
Inquiry revealed that four of the girl's classmates and another four had allegedly sexually assaulted her two months ago. The eight were arrested and further investigations are on, police said.
The accused, all of them High School Leaving Certificate examinees, after the test had called the victim to a house on the pretext of organising a party and raped her, a senior officer said.
The accused used to frequently molest the victim when she was asleep, the prosecution charged.
As the probe progressed, it was found that another relative of the minor girl's, a 17-year-old boy, had been assaulting her.
According to the complainant, the four men intoxicated her and then took her to a house in South Kolkata's Ekbalpore.
Of the remaining 11 convicts, one Rajkumar (48) was sentenced to life imprisonment, while nine were given five-year jail terms and one man would have to serve seven years of prison term.
Police said one of the accused knew her and called her near the crime scene to celebrate a birthday. Four youths, who were having liquor in a car, forced her to take liquor and she fainted.
The accused, Deepesh Sutar, an employee of a courier company, lived in the same chawl as the victim at Lokmanya Nagar Pada no. 2, a senior inspector of Vartak Nagar police station said.
Kumar, a daily wage labourer of Madhukarai in the district was charged with repeatedly raping his 10-year-old daughter, who lived with him after his wife died.