Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Bail granted for St Ann principal charged with indecent assault

Solomon Smith, the principal of Brown's Town Primary School in St Ann who was charged with indecent assault allegedly involving a male teenager of another school, has been granted bail.

The 39-year-old accused was offered bail in the sum of $600,000 when he appeared in the St Ann Parish Court on Wednesday morning.

Smith is to return to court on September 18.

Allegations are that on April 17, the complainant, a 17-year-old high school student, missed his private bus ride to school and made contact with the principal, who is a family friend, to facilitate a drive to school.

It is further reported that during the journey to Brown's Town, the accused fondled the breast of the male teen and placed his hands in his boxers and fondled his sexual organ.

The teen is said to have told his parents of the ‘incident’ weeks later, after reportedly telling his friends that he had become depressed.

A report was subsequently made to the police, and following a probe, officers attached to the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) in the parish, arrested the educator and later charged him.

He was charged on Tuesday (July 9).

During Wednesday's bail hearing, Smith's attorney said his client had denied the allegations that were laid against him.

The attorney also argued that his client had never before had a serious complaint made against him, whether of an unlawful or immoral nature.

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