Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Teachers among 60 sex convicts in Corporate Area so far this year

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) says it has secured the conviction of 60 persons so far this year for various sex crimes that were committed in Kingston and St Andrew.

Among the predators who were convicted are teachers from several educational institutions within the Corporate Area.

Speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Kingston on Thursday, the police officer in charge of CISOCA, Senior Superintendent Charmaine Shand, cited the recent conviction of a football coach for the offences of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years and indecent assault.

Former premier league football coach, Kevin ‘Senseh’ Williams, was last month sentenced to serve 10 years in prison before being eligible for parole following his conviction for indecent assault and having sex with a minor, on March 25 this year. The popular coach has been banned from engaging in any sporting activity involving children after the completion of his sentence.

Williams had sex with a 15-year-old female student at Mona High School in St Andrew, where he was employed as a football coach.

Supreme Court Judge, Justice Vinette Graham-Allen, sentenced Williams to 11 years and 11 months behind bars for having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years. In relation to his conviction for indecent assault, the judge sentenced him to four years and four months.

However, he is expected to only serve 10 years in prison of the combined 16-year sentence.

While addressing members of the Rotary Club, Shand noted other sexual assault cases involving minors which were reported against educators in the Corporate Area.

While lauding the apprehension and conviction of some of the perpetrators of sexual abuse against children, Shand lamented that some communities are protecting the offenders.

She said another challenge is that there are some cases in which the accused persons are only known by their aliases.

“We have communities which protect these men as well… Sometimes it is really difficult to get these perpetrators, but I can assure Jamaica that we are carrying out our investigations,” Shand said while declaring that CISOCA will make “arrest for every case that is reported” to it (that is substantiated).

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