Two men were charged by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) for three counts of sexual penetration of a child and four counts of sexual touching of a child following intelligence-led exercises, yesterday.
The exercises were spearheaded by W/Supt. (Ag.) George and ASP Nowbutt, and supervised by Insps. (Ag.) Andrews and Francis along with Sgt. James and WPC Johnson.
In the first incident, officers of the Port-of-Spain CPU, in collaboration with officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), proceeded to Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain, on Thursday 6th February 2020. Once there, they arrested a male suspect. He was charged by Cpl Neptune of the Port-of-Spain CPU with two counts of sexual penetration and three counts of sexual touching of a child during the period 2016 to 2020.
The 49-year-old male relative of the victim was taken into custody and is expected to face a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today, Friday 7th February, 2020.
In the second incident, officers of the Western CPU responded to a report of sexual assault against a child on Monday 3rd February 2020.
According to official police reports, officers proceeded to La Puerta Avenue, Diego Martin, where they arrested a male suspect for one count of sexual penetration of a child and one count sexual touching of a child.
The 58-year-old man was charged with the offences by WPC Kerr of Western CPU.
He appeared before Port-of-Spain Magistrate Marissa Gomez on Thursday 6th February 2020, and was granted bail in the sum of $100,000.
The matter was adjourned to March 5th 2020.
The CPU is urging parents and guardians to be vigilant concerning their children’s overall wellbeing and safety. Citizens with information on child abuse are strongly encouraged to report it to the nearest police station, or contact the police at 999, 555, or report anonymously through the TTPS Mobile App.