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One of the guns seized by police in south Trinidad yesterday.

A 46-year-old massage therapist was granted $200,000 bail with a surety when

he appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate charged with one count of sexual touching of a nine-year-old girl.

The accused was also ordered by Magistrate Adrian Darmanie to keep at least 100 feet away from the child.

He will reappear before the court on April 19.

A police release said the man, who resides in Caroni, was arrested and charged on Saturday following an investigation launched into the details of a report made in April 2020 by a nine-year-old girl that she was allegedly sexually touched at a business place.

According to the girl, while at a business place, a man told her to remove her

clothing and to lay on a mattress.

He then allegedly proceeded to massage her, rubbing cream along her leg and private area, in the absence of her father.

The suspect was subsequently charged with the offence by WPC Wilson of the

Central Division Child Protection Unit (CPU).

The investigation was headed by Supt Claire Guy-Alleyne, Insp Haynes and Sgt Hospedales of the CPU.

5 held, guns ammo seized

Five men were detained by officers of the Southern Division Task Force (SDTF) yesterday after two guns and a quantity of ammunition were found following the search of two vehicles.

While on patrol duty along Manahambre Road, Princes Town officers got information and stopped a white B15.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and seven rounds of .45 ammunition were allegedly found scattered on the floor of the vehicle.

The vehicle’s four occupants were subsequently detained.

Officers also stopped a white Nissan Tiida driven by a Tunapuna

resident.

A search of the vehicle allegedly resulted in the discovery of two nine-millimetre pistols which were hidden in the vehicle.

The driver was detained and taken to the Marabella Police Station.