A Tobago athlete pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually touching his 15-year-old sister. The following is press release from the TTPS:

A 26-year-old Tobago man was granted $80,000 bail with a surety after appearing before a Scarborough Magistrate charged with sexually touching his 15-year-old sister.

The accused, who is an athlete, pleaded not guilty to the offence when he appeared before Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor on August 13th.

He was subsequently ordered to have no communication with his sister and to stay 100 feet away from her as part of his bail conditions.

He is expected to reappear before the court on September 13th.

According to a police report, sometime on a date unknown between April 5th to 12th April 2021, the girl was at home in her room when her brother entered and began having a conversation about massaging her about her body.

The girl told police that the man allegedly massaged her inner thighs then shifted her underwear to one side and further began massaging the outer area of her private parts.

WPC Parks, of the Tobago Division Child Protection Unit (CPU), later charged the suspect with one count of sexual touching of a child.

The investigation was spearheaded by W/Superintendent of Police, Claire Guy-Alleyne, and supervised by Sgt. Miller.