Three  persons  are  expected  to  appear  before  the courts today, following arrests made in connection with various offences against children over the weekend.

A fourth person  remains  in  police  custody  in  the  Tobago  Division, pending charges.

The four arrests come following exercises by the Child Protection Units attached to several policing divisions

In  the  first  incident,  officers  of  the  Child  Protection Unit  (CPU) for the Central  Division  arrested  a  43-year-old  woman  and  her  44-year-old  male companion  on  reports of sexual abuse against a female victim. The abuse reportedly spanned an eight-month period.

The man was charged with 23 counts of sexual penetration of a child, while the woman was charged with:

  • 16 counts of causing or encouraging the seduction, prostitution or sexual penetration of a child
  • Three counts of prevention of cruelty to children
  • Four counts of failing to report abuse of a minor

The man and woman are to answer to the chargers before a Chaguanas Magistrate today.

In  another  incident,  on  Saturday  29 February,  officers  of  the Southern  Division  CPU  arrested  a  75-year-old  man  for  one  count  of kidnapping and one count of sexual touching of a 12-year-old female victim. 

The accused will  appear  before  a  Rio  Claro  Magistrate  today,  to  answer  to  the charges.

And in  the  Tobago  Division,  CPU  officers  arrested  a 28-year-old  woman  in  connection with  a  report  of  physical  abuse  to  a two-year-old boy.

The woman, who was intoxicated at the time of the arrest, remains in custody.

Charges in this case are also imminent.