Three in court for sexual offences against minors

Three men are expected to appear before San Fernando, Scarborough and Port-of-Spain Magistrates today to answer to sexual offences charges against minors. 

The chargers arise out of three separate investigations by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) which resulted in the arrest of the suspects. 

In the first case, on April 24, a 16-year-old female victim reported to officers of the South Western CPU that she was employed as a packer in a supermarket for over a year. During that time, the victim told police that the owner of the establishment sexually assaulted her. 

WPC Mc Gregor of the South Western CPU immediately launched an investigation into the report and subsequently arrested a 49-year-old man. 

The supermarket owner will appear before a San Fernando Magistrate to answer to one count of Sexual Touching of a Child, one count of employment of a child under the age of 16 Years not being a family member, one count of failing to open and maintain a register of employment of any child and the name, address and date of birth of any child employed by him. 

In the second incident, sometime in March 2020, a report was made to the Port-of-Spain CPU of a 14-year-old female victim who was subject to abuse lasting over a seven-year period. 

The abuse is reported to have occurred on both islands of Trinidad and Tobago. 

A comprehensive investigation, led by WPC Mahabir of the Port-of-Spain CPU, in collaboration with officers of the Besson Street Police Station, commenced and resulted in the arrest of a 35-year-old male suspect. 

The man is expected to face Port-of-Spain Magistrate today to answer to the following charges four counts of sexual penetration of a child, one count of indecent assault, one count of sexual touching of a child. 

In the third case, on January 18, a 15-year-old female minor, reported to officers of the Tobago CPU that she too was victim to a sexual assault by a man. 

WPC Scotland-Celestine of the Tobago CPU led the enquiry and arrested a 22-year-old suspect on one count of sexual penetration. 

He will appear before a Scarborough Magistrate today to answer to the charges. 

All three investigations were spearheaded by W/Supt. (Ag) George, ASP Nowbutt, ASP (Ag) Sookdeo and supervised by Insps. Roberts and Andrews and Sgt. Miller and have been referred to the Children’s Authority for further support to the victims. 

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