Monday 10 August, 2020

Cops charged with ‘shaking down men caught in compromising position’

In a somewhat theatrical set of alleged circumstances, three policemen attached to the St James Police Division have been charged and taken before the courts for reportedly soliciting money from two men who were found together in what has been described as a compromising position in Montego Bay in the parish one night.

The three cops, Constables Damian Wilson and Shawn Stewart, and District Constable Jerry Boothe, were each offered $1 million bail when they appeared in the St James Parish Court on September 28, charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

They are scheduled to return to court on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

The officers had allegedly demanded cash from the men who were reportedly found together asleep in a motorcar. This was after the lawmen took photographs and made video recordings of the men in their sleep, which the cops reportedly demanded payment to keep out of the public domain - and also to keep them from prosecuting the men for sexual-related offences.

According to reports from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), on Saturday August 19, the complainants were asleep in a motor vehicle along Kent Road in Montego Bay, St James.

The three policemen reportedly approached the vehicle while the men slept, and allegedly took photographs and made video recordings of the men, who were said to have been found in a ‘compromising position’.

A release from MOCA alleged that the officers solicited $50,000 from the men to avoid them being prosecuted for breaches of the Buggery Act. 

However, the men were said not to have had the required amount of cash and instead gave the officers $10,000, with an assurance that the rest of the money would be paid at a later date.

But one of the officers, District Constable Boothe, reportedly later contacted one of the complainants and solicited another $35,000 for the photographs and the video which had been were taken, not to be publicised.

That action led the complainants to the MOCA-West office, where a formal report was made, and an investigation was conducted, resulting in the policemen being arrested.

Following an identification parade, Wilson, Stewart and Boothe were charged by detectives from MOCA for breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.

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