Three men are to appear before a Princes Town and Scarborough Magistrate today to answer to sexual chargers against minors. This follows two separate investigations, headed by ASP Nowbutt, ASP Sookdeo, and supervised by W/INSP Francis and Sgt Miller of the Southern and Tobago Division Child Protection Units, respectively. According to police reports, in the first incident, Southern CPU officers received a report from a 13-year-old minor that a man grabbed her breast and tried to kiss her. Lead investigator, WPC Romilly of the Southern Division CPU, immediately launched an enquiry which led to the arrest of a 69-year-old pensioner. The accused is scheduled to appear before a Princes Town Magistrate today to answer to the charge of one count of sexual touching. In another incident, a 15-year-old girl of Tobago, reported to CPU officers that she was subjected to sexual assaults by two males. An investigation, led by WPC Jackson of the Tobago CPU, resulted in the arrest of two male suspects, aged 20 and 28, in connection to the incident. The duo was each slapped with one count of sexual penetration of a child. They will appear before a Scarborough Magistrate today, to answer to the charges.
In an update from earlier this week, the five men of Central Trinidad who were arrested by officers of the CPU during an anti-crime exercise in connection with a total of 63 sexual offences against minors were all denied bailed when they appeared before Chaguanas Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan, yesterday.
Further investigations conducted by the CPU revealed that one of accused has also been charged for a similar offence in the United States. The CPU again renews its call for heightened vigilance from parents and guardians during this time in which children are home and remain vulnerable to predators. The CPU stresses that parents and guardians can never be too careful and should not leave children unsupervised or in the care of questionable adults.