Hullon John, of Golden Lane, Tobago appeared before a Magistrate charged with sexual penetration of a minor and child endangerment.

A Tobago man appeared before a Scarborough Magistrate yesterday charged with offences against a 12-year-old girl which occurred on Sunday when she attended a COVID-19 party.

Police said Hullon John, 28, a straightener, of Culloden Bay Road, Golden Lane, Tobago, was charged with one count of sexual penetration of a minor and one count of child endangerment, on Tuesday by officers of the Tobago Division’s Child Protection Unit (CPU).

Police reports stated officers of the CPU were on mobile patrol around 11 pm, on Sunday April 12th when they received information from the Tobago Operations Centre about a child found in someone’s property.

Upon arriving at the location, the officers met a 12-year-old female victim.

Investigations revealed she had been invited to a COVID-19 house party with several other persons. During the party, the victim was offered alcohol which she drank and was then sexually assaulted by the host of the party.

She was then dropped off at Store Bay Branch Road, Store Bay, where she was found by a resident.

Officers immediately searched for the suspect and subsequently stopped a motor vehicle proceeding along Store Bay Local Road, with three occupants.

Two of the occupants were released while the third occupant, John, was arrested in connection with the incident.

Investigations were spearheaded by W/Supt (Ag) George and ASP Nowbutt, while, charges were laid by WPC Small, all of CPU Tobago.