TWO men have been charged with separate incidents of sexual penetration of a minor.
In one incident, a 32-year-old PH driver from Gran Couva was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual penetration of a minor following an investigation led by WPC Wilson of the Central Division Child Protection Unit (CPU).
Police reported that WPC Wilson launched enquiries into a report made by a 17-year-old girl in June, that while travelling in a PH taxi to be taken to her home, the driver went off route, where he took her to a lonely area and allegedly sexually assaulted her against her will. The suspect was later arrested and charged on December 8.
He was granted $150,000 bail when he appeared virtually before a Couva Magistrate on Wednesday and is expected to reappear before the Court on January 6, 2021.
In the other incident, a Moruga man, 25, was also granted bail when he appeared virtually before a Princes Town Magistrate on Wednesday, charged with seven counts of sexual penetration of a minor.
Police reported that on November 5, the 14-year-old girl, in company of her mother, made a report to Southern Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) officers that during the period February 2019 to August 2020, a friend of her family allegedly sexually assaulted her. Investigations conducted by acting Cpl Joseph, of the CPU, revealed that the girl was sexually assaulted on several occasions by the suspect.
The man was subsequently arrested and charged on December 8 with seven counts of penetration of a child.
The suspect was granted $200,000 bail and instructed to stay 500 feet away from the alleged victim. He is scheduled to reappear before the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court on January 6.