Saturday 28 March, 2020

Social worker booked for sexual assault of male student, back in court

A social worker who has been charged with sexually assaulting a male student he met through social media site, Facebook, had his bail extended when he appeared in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Thursday.

Steven Smith, a 31-year-old resident of New Market, St Elizabeth, and a Kingston 10 address, was slapped with charges of buggery, grievous sexual assault and simple larceny last month.

Due to an incomplete case file, Smith's case has been set to be mentioned later this year.

On his first appearance in court on the charges on October 1, he was offered bail in the sum of $300,000.

According to reports, Smith and a 21-year-old male student met through social media, and in June of this year, they decided to meet in Black River, St Elizabeth.

During the meeting, the accused reportedly took the now complainant in his car, and drove to a section of the YS Road in the parish, where Smith allegedly sexually assaulted him.

Following the assault, Smith allegedly drove the complainant to an unfinished house in Santa Cruz in the parish, and took away his cell phone.

He then left him at the house.

A report was subsequently made to the police, and following a probe, Smith was arrested in September.

He was pointed out on an identification parade, and was then charged by the police.

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