Church leader slapped with seven counts of rape
A man identified as a church leader is to appear in the Hanover Parish Court on Tuesday, December 17 after he was charged with seven counts of rape by the police in the parish.
The man was held on Monday, December 10 by a patrol team that observed him beating a child on Barnes Lane in the Mount Pelier community in Sandy Bay, Hanover.
After conducting follow-up enquiries, the sexual misconduct allegations came to the fore, and detectives from the Hanover Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) were called in to bolster the investigative team.
A subsequent probe turned up several allegations of sexual misconduct concerning children in the community. After collecting several statements, the man was charged.
Investigators are now appealing to persons who may have been victims of the accused man, or who may have any information that can assist with the ongoing investigations, to contact the Hanover CISOCA at 876-953-5312 or 876-956-2304, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.