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A senior fire officer is now at the centre
of a sex scandal after photos of him
allegedly assaulting a former colleague
and exposing himself were distributed by
members of the Fire Services via the social
The photos of the alleged assault show
the officer attacking the female victim, who
ends up crying with blood coming from her
nose and mouth at the end of the assault.
Sources told the T&T Guardian that the
victim, who is alleged to have been in a
relationship with the officer, was forced to
take sick leave after the attack and was fired
from her position in the Fire Services soon
after the incident, which occurred late last
The matter was not reported to the police
but some of the victims colleagues were so
upset over the attack that they reportedly
began sharing the photos of the attack
The other photos which were circulated
show the officer lying on a bed exposing
his private parts.
Contacted yesterday, the officer in ques-
tion confirmed the incident occurred last
year. However, he claimed it was the woman
who entered his Port-of-Spain office and
Asked if anyone could visit his office and
abuse him, he said: "My door always open."
Within moments of the conversation, the
official contacted his attorney who then
called the T&T Guardian to say it was
important to let his client "comment before
the photos were published."
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Maraval police are investigating a report that a
12-year-old male student of Trinity College, Mar-
aval, was sexually assaulted by another student.
According to a report on some unknown date in
January several students were at a swimming pool
after school hours when another 12-year-old student
pulled the victim under the water and sexually
abused him. A few minutes later the same student
attacked the victim again.
Police said they were yet to take any statements
from the students involved.
Contacted by telephone at the school yesterday,
principal Alison Baisden said she could not comment
on the matter and advised that the T&T Guardian
call the Ministry of Education for information.
Education Ministry officials confirmed the report,
saying police were recently at the school to conduct
an educational programme when the victim
approached them and gave his story.
Last Thursday the victim s parents reportedly
visited the school but the matter was not reported
"School supervision is investigating and keeping
contact with the parents," the ministry official said.
In a phone interview, T&T Unified Teachers Asso-
ciation (TTUTA) president Devanand Sinanan said
the social development of the children started at
home, adding that the principal and school authorities
tried their best but could only do so much.
He added that another disturbing trend recently
was cyber bullying at the primary and secondary
"Many initiatives and programmes were tried
without the success they are hoping for. Violence
begins with the socialisation of the child and we
need to review the way in which children are
socialised and their environment.
"If they are in an atmosphere of violence, either
physical or emotional et cetera, they will display
behaviour," he said.
Founder of Stop the Bullying, a page dedicated
to eradicating bullying in schools on Facebook, Lana
Maharaj-Boodoo, said a bill had to be introduced
in Parliament to deal with the issue.
"This needs to stop and a bill has to be passed
to deal with this issue in all schools so they will
think twice about doing it," he added.
Maharaj-Boodoo created the page after her son
was bullied in school and the act was videotaped
and placed on a social Web site. She said she was
concerned about parents who did not make reports
to the police when their children were abused. (CC)
Alleged victim fired
Also contacted yesterday, the victim, who
is now pregnant, said she was living in fear.
"I am threatened, I fear for my life and
making a report to the police because I am
afraid to go to the police with it.
"What did I do to deserve this? How long
can I do that for?" she asked.
She said since the incident and the
sharing of the photos online she had been
receiving calls from blocked cellphone
numbers with the caller threatening her.
"I was on sick leave after I was abused.
They (officers) did not want me to take my
sick leave. This was after the incident
happened, so I couldn't work. The leave goes
straight to him," she said.
The victim said she even left the country
because she felt she was not safe here.
She claimed to have become involved
with the officer after she finished training.
Asked if she did not think it inappropriate
to be involved in a relationship with a senior
officer, she said: "I knew certain things he
didn't want the public to know and he is
afraid of letting them know.
"All I wanted was my job back and I was
victimised and was physically assaulted.
You can't advantage people and do things
to them if you have a reputation to hold."
She alleged that other female members
of the Auxiliary Department were also being
"If they don't do certain things in the
auxiliary you won't get permanent work. So
you have to sleep with a man to get
somewhere in the service?
"They come as a civilian. Do you need to
sleep with someone to get rank?"
"I don't really want to go back and I am a
single parent with one (child) on the way. I
am independent. I want to reason things
out peacefully," she said.
Student claims sex
assault by classmate
Online photos expose senior fire officer...
President of the Fire Services
Association Leo Ramkissoon called
for an investigation into both
"That is very serious and our
regulations take this seriously. The
law frowns on those who bring the
service into disrepute. Those are
serious allegations and must be
investigated," Ramkissoon said in a
However, he said according to the
Public Service Commission
regulations officers of a lower rank
could not investigate an officer of a
"If any investigation is to take
place it must come from the
permanent secretary at the Ministry
of National Security or the Service
Commission Department," he said.
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The photo of the senior fire officer allegedly exposing himself which was circulated online.
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