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A 38-year-old man who was in hiding after being sought by the police for sexual offences against three girls was scheduled to appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrate yesterday.

The suspect had been in hiding since May after learning that officers from the Child Protection Unit were seeking his arrest, for offences against a 6, 10 and 12-year-old girls, all from one family.

According to the police service he was held during a sting operation in the Eastern Division on Friday, September 11.

It is alleged that on Sunday, April 12 this year, the female victims, ages six and 10, were taken to a river, by a man who is known to the family, to bathe.

While at the river, the victims told police that the man allegedly sexually assaulted the six-year-old in the presence of the 10-year-old, and then masturbated in their presence.

A report was subsequently made to the Eastern Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) and a joint investigation by WPC Charles and PC Joseph was launched.

During their investigations, the officers discovered that a 12-year-old female relative of the two girls was being sexually assaulted by the suspect since March this year

The suspect then went into hiding.

After his arrest, he was jointly charged by WPC Charles and PC Joseph with three counts of sexual penetration of a child, one count of sexual touching of a child and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.