Thursday 24 September, 2020

Teacher on six sex charges involving students granted bail

A St Elizabeth teacher who was arrested for alleged sexual offences involving students last year, was offered bail on Monday, with the case headed for the Circuit Court.

The accused, 24-year-old Lionel Tracey, was charged with six counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 year.

Following a bail application made by Tracey's attorney in the St Elizabeth Parish Court, the presiding judge granted the accused bail in the sum of $700,000.

Additionally, Tracey was ordered to surrender his travel documents, and a stop order has been imposed on him at all ports of entry and exit.

The case was committed to the St Elizabeth Circuit Court, which opens in March of this year.

It is alleged that investigators from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) received complaints that the teacher had sexually assaulted students at the institution where he was employed.

Following an initial probe, the educator was taken into police custody, and was subsequently slapped with the first three charges.

When Tracey appeared in court on December 9, last year, investigators revealed that he had been charged with an additional three counts, making for a total of six such charges.

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