A 29-year-old man was denied bail yesterday when he appeared virtually before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate charged with one count of sexual penetration of a 17-year-old girl.

The accused was remanded into custody and will reappear before the court on November 5th, where the validity of the alternative address provided would be deliberated.

Official police reports state that the suspect was arrested and charged on November 2nd by WPC Eccles of the Western Division, Child Protection Unit (CPU), following a police report on November 1st, in which a 17-year-old girl told CPU detectives that she was allegedly made to have sexual intercourse with a man whom she knows.

Earlier that day, officers attached to the Community Policing Oriented Section (COPS), Western Division, were doing routine patrols and follow-ups at a school, where they discovered that a mentee was absent.

The COPS officers conducted further enquiries into the whereabouts of the child who was later found to be at a guest house in West Trinidad.

The incident was then transferred to the CPU who later arrested and charged the suspect with one count of sexual penetration of a child.

The investigation was spearheaded by W/Superintendent of Police, Claire Guy-Alleyne, with direct field supervision by W/Sgt Simmons and Cpl (Ag.) Davis of the Western CPU.