A  27-year-old  gardener who appeared  before  a  Princes  Town  Magistrate  in a virtual hearing yesterday, was  granted  $75,000  bail after being charged with sexual penetration of a minor.

The Police Service confirms that the man,  who  resides  in Barrackpore,  was  arrested  and  charged on November 23rd by WPC Romilly, of the Southern Division Child Protection  Unit  (CPU).

The arrest and charge followed  a  report  made  by  a  16-year-old female  relative  of  the  accused.  She had reported to police that  she  had  been  subjected  to months of sexual assaults by the man.

According  to  the  girl’s  account,  the  accused  had  a  sexual relationship  with  her  which  spanned  from  November  2019  to October 2020.

WPC Romilly launched an investigation which led to the man being charged with two counts of sexual penetration of a minor.

The  investigation  was  spearheaded  by  W/Supt  (Ag.)  Natasha George  and ASP (Ag) Sookdeo and was supervised by W/Insp (Ag) Francis.