…29 persons charged for 56 offences against children, so far in 2020
The Child Protection Unit (CPU) is once again advising all parents and guardians to be extremely vigilant concerning their children’s overall well-being, and to take all preventative measures to ensure their children’s safety is not jeopardised.
The warning comes as the CPU conducted several intelligence-led exercises over the weekend, which led to arrest of three men for several offences against children.
In the first incident, officers of the Tobago CPU arrested and charged a father for one count of cruelty against a child, arising out of an incident which occurred on Saturday 8 February, 2020. W/Cpl Mills-Walters of the Tobago CPU laid the charge.
The accused appeared before a Scarborough Magistrate on Monday 10 February 2020, where the matter was adjourned to today, Tuesday 11 February 2020, where he is expected to answer to the charge.
In second incident, officers of the North Eastern CPU arrested and charged a 37-year-old man for one count of sexual penetration against a female victim, one count abduction of a female and one count taxi not to be used for indecent or immoral purpose.
The taxi driver was granted $100,000 bail with surety when he appeared before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on Monday 10 February, 2020.
WPC Johnson of the North Eastern CPU laid the charges.
In the final leg of exercises, officers of the Port-of-Spain CPU arrested a 25-year-old man on a report of sexual touching of a female minor.
Cpl (Ag.) Mckain of the Port-of-Spain CPU is actively investigating in which a charge is imminent.
The exercises were coordinated by W/Supt. (Ag.) George and ASP Nowbutt, and supervised by Insps. (Ag.) Andrews and Francis along with W/Sgt. Morton.
For the year thus far, the CPU has successfully charged 29 persons for 56 offences.
The CPU is encouraging citizens with information on child abuse to immediately report it to the nearest police station, or contact the police at 999, 555, or report anonymously through the TTPS Mobile App.