Thursday 17 October, 2019

St Ann principal’s bail extended on charge of fondling male student

The principal of Brown's Town Primary School, who was charged in July with indecent assault involving a male teenager of another school, had his bail extended when he appeared in the St Ann Parish Court on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old accused, Solomon Smith, was offered bail in the sum of $600,000 when he first appeared in court on July 10.

In court on Wednesday, Smith, a resident of St Ann's Bay in the parish, was ordered to return to court on January 24, 2020.

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

Reports are that during the journey to Brown's Town, the now accused man fondled the breast of the male teen and placed his hands in his boxers and fondled his sexual organ.

The teen told his parents of the incident some weeks later, after reportedly telling his friends that he was 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) arrested the educator and later charged him.

During his bail hearing in July, Smith's attorney said his client has denied the allegations that have been laid against him.

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