The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is reassuring the public that any report of abuse, even if it involves an employee, will be investigated.

This reassurance comes as an employee of the Children’s Authority has been charged with serious indecency.

In an official statement, the Authority explained:

“When the matter of the employee, who was charged today (Monday 6 September) with one count of serious indecency, was brought to the Authority’s attention, the organisation immediately conducted its investigation procedure, which resulted in the suspension of the employee and commencement of criminal investigations by the Child Protection Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.”

It added: “The Authority assures the public that the organisation continues to demand the highest standard of conduct from all its employees, and it remains committed to the protection of the nation’s children.”

According to a release issued by the Police Service on Monday, a 37-year-old Kevin Duke, of Scarborough, an employee of the Children’s Authority was ordered to stay away from a 19-year-old boy, having been charged with one count of serious indecency.

The charge stemmed from an alleged incident which occurred in October of 2019. The victim told police that he was allegedly having a conversation with Duke via social media when he exposed himself to the youngster.

The victim was 16 years old at the time of the incident.

The Children’s Authority is urging the public to make all reports of child abuse to the Police hotline at 999, or to Authority’s hotline at 996.