Businessman, EMILE ELIAS, is expected to appear before the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court on March 24th, to face charges of one count of sexual penetration of a minor and one count of sexual grooming. (Image: TTPS)

Businessman EMILE ELIAS was granted $100,000 bail by a Justice of Peace last night in connection with two sexual charges against a 17-year-old girl.

According to an official statement by the Police Service, 84-year-old ELIAS is expected to appear before the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court on March 24th.

ELIAS, who resides in Fairways, Maraval, was charged on March 10th with one count of sexual penetration and one count of sexual grooming by officers attached to the Western Division Child Protection Unit (CPU).

The TTPS release explains that the charges stemmed from an alleged incident in November 2019, in which a 17-year-old girl reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by a man in St James.

Investigators discovered that the girl was allegedly groomed during the period September–November 2019 before the assault allegedly occurred.

The Police Service says enquiries into this case were headed by W/Supt (Ag.) Claire Guy-Alleyne and included officers of the Western CPU, namely, Sgt James, WPCs Beckles, Samuel, Kerr and PCs Noel and Burton.

Assistance was also given by Snr Supt Oswain Subero, of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), Maraval Police Station, and the Port-of-Spain CPU.