A 68-year-old man was granted $250,000 bail when he appeared before a Rio Claro Magistrate charged with three counts of sexual penetration and one count of sexual touching of a girl. He is expected to reappear before the court on December 6th. The following is a press release from the TTPS:

A 68-year-old man was granted $250,000 bail with a surety on Friday after appearing virtually before a Rio Claro Magistrate charged with three counts of sexual penetration and one count of sexual touching of a girl.

The accused, who was arrested and charged yesterday by PC James of the Eastern Division Child Protection Unit (CPU), is expected to reappear before the court on December 6th, 2021.

The man was also ordered to move out of his community. According to police reports, in September 2021, a girl was at the home of a man whom she knew, the man took her to some bushes behind her home where he allegedly sexually penetrated her.

The girl also told CPU detectives that on one occasion the man tried to kiss her on the lips, however, she resisted and managed to escape. The girl confided in officers and revealed that the man would perform the acts to her when his wife left the home to do errands.

According to the child, the acts are said to have occurred from August 8th to August 19th, 2021. Investigations resulted in the arrest of the suspect who was later charged with the offences. The investigation was spearheaded by W/Superintendent of Police (Ag.) Claire Guy-Alleyne and ASP (Ag) Roberts with direct field supervision by Sgt Baptiste of the CPU.