Three men appeared virtually before a Scarborough magistrate yesterday to answer charges of sexual offences against minors in separate incidents.
Dylon Sandy, Earneel Jarott and James Rodriguez appeared before Magistrate Indrani Cedeno and they all entered the plea of not guilty to their respective crimes.
In the first incident, Sandy 39, was charged with 17 counts of sexual penetration and sexual touching of a 16-year-old girl.
The court heard that the 16-year-old female victim reported to officers from the Child Protection Unit that on April 29, 2020, she was sexually assaulted during the period May 2019-April 2020. Woman Cpl Walters of the Tobago CPU immediately launched enquiries which led to the accused surrendering to the police.
When he appeared before the court, Sandy entered a plea of not guilty to all counts. He was then placed on $400,000 bail with surety or $25,000 cash bail. Sandy was ordered to stay 100 metres from the victim and report to the Roxborough Police Station once per month.
In the second matter, Jarott, 25, of Bethesda, Plymouth, was charged with one count of sexual penetration of a 17-year-old girl.
The court heard that the girl reported to CPU officers on April 28, 2020 that she was sexually assaulted. WPC John of the Tobago CPU started an investigation which led to Jarott surrendering after he learnt he was wanted.
In the third incident, Rodriguez, 20, was charged with one count of sexual penetration.
CPU officers were told by a 15-year-old victim that she was sexually assaulted by Rodriguez on January 18, 2020. Investigations were carried out and Rodriguez was arrested and charged.
WPC Scotland-Celestine of the Tobago CPU laid the charge.
Sandy, Jarott and Rodriguez are scheduled to reappear on June 4, 2020.
The TTPS said these latest cases bring to 61 the total number of people charged with crimes against children as laid out in the Children’s Act 46:01 for 2020. They said all matters have been referred to the Children’s Authority for further support to the victims.
Investigations are continuing.