Saturday 28 March, 2020

Police: Three held for sex offences against children

Three men were arrested by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) for several offences against children following intelligence-led exercises over the weekend.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said 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 February 8, 2020.

The accused appeared before a Scarborough Magistrate on February 10, 2020, where the matter was adjourned to Tuesday, February 11, 2020, where he is expected to answer to the charge.

W/Cpl Mills-Walters of the Tobago CPU laid the charge.

In the 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 an 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, February 10, 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 Inspectors (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 TTPS said: "With this in mind, the CPU wishes to urge all parents and guardians to be extremely vigilant concerning their children’s overall well-being and take all preventative measures to ensure that the safety of their children are not jeopardised."

The CPU strongly encourages anyone who may have 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. 

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