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A 44-year-old man was scheduled to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate virtually today after being arrested for repeatedly raping a ten-year-old girl and trying to suffocate her with a pillow.

According to the TTPS, officers of the North Eastern Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) arrested the unemployed man on Monday during an exercise spearheaded by W/Supt (Ag) George, ASP Nowbutt and supervised by Insp Davidson.

The TTPS said the ten-year-old girl confided in her aunt and grandmother that she was being repeatedly raped.

A report was made to the Child Protection Unit North Eastern Division, and PC Hospedales was detailed to conduct enquiries.

His investigations revealed that during the period March 2019 and September 9, 2020, the girl was sexually assaulted on numerous occasions by the suspect and during one encounter he attempted to suffocate her using a pillow.

On Monday the suspect was held and charged with seven counts of sexual penetration of a minor and one count of attempted suffocation of a minor.