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Saturday 24 March 2018

Girl, 6, talks of sex assault by step-brother

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl who attends classes at a primary school in East Trinidad, confided to her Principal on Tuesday, giving sordid details of sexual abuse perpetrated on her by her 16-year-old step-brother. The girl cried as she related the incident to the Principal and her mother, shortly after classes started at the school on Tuesday.

According to reports, the girl first told the Principal about the abuse and her mother was later contacted.

Officers of the Rio Claro police station were called in, and the child related that her 16-year-old step-brother was in the habit of asking her to undress. She said he would then ask her to touch up her private parts. He would then fondle her and play with himself (masturbate).

Officers contacted the Child Protection Unit and officers led by WPC Rampersad went to the school and took the child to be medically examined. A medical examination revealed there was no sexual penetration. Officers of the Victim and Witness support Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service were also contacted to provide counselling for the girl and her mother. The step-brother was expected to be detained yesterday in connection with the incident.

Newsday understands that the girl has not attended school since she revealed information on the sex assault and all efforts are being made to have her properly counselled, and efforts are being made to ensure her safety. In an unrelated incident, officers of the Pinto Police Post were asked to assist in the rescue of four children aged nine, seven, six and five.

According to reports, agents from the Child Protection Unit Nsana Villaroel and Ricky Seepersad first went to a school in Santa Rosa and rescued two children aged nine and six, a boy and girl respectively. They then went to the Pinto Police Station and requested the assistance from officers to remove two other children aged seven and five (a boy and girl respectively) from an Arima house.

The four children were taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where they were medically examined and placed in the custody of the Children’s authority. It is alleged the children were being abused by persons into whose care they were entrusted.

Investigations are continuing


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