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The Child Protection Unit is
investigating the source of the
video of two teenaged secondary
school students seen having sex
in a classroom. The video was
posted on social media.
Viewers on social media have
expressed their disgust and out-
rage over the video.
Several other students were seen
in the classroom at the time of the
Michael Pierre, the Public In-
formation Officer of the T&T Police
Service, said parents should pay more
attention to their children.
In an interview, Pierre said: "I don't know
what school it was and parents have to take
into consideration that their children could
be involved in all sorts of activities and should
be more involved in our children lives."
Pierre said parents
should monitor their
children's books, see
who their friends on
social media and
their schools and at-
He said, "We
should be more vig-
ilant regarding any
sexual behaviour. The
police can only inves-
tigate when the report comes and we urge the
school care givers to report it," he said.
Pierre said a report should be made to the
principal and the Ministry of Education for
"And when it comes to the attention of the
police we will investigate."
Lana Boodoo-Maharaj, parent and founder
of Stop the Bullying, said the Ministry of Ed-
ucation and parents should work together to
put an end to this problem.
"It's really disturbing knowing that this kind
of thing is going on in schools and no body
knows about it... No teacher no principal no
parents. Parents need to start talking to their
children about this and having sex in a school
is against the law," she said.
Meanwhile, the Children's Authority says
that anyone posting pornographic material of
children was guilty of an offence and can face
up to 10 years in jail.
"Section 40 of the Children Act, 2012,
states that it is an offence for anyone to pub-
lish, distribute and/or obtain access to child
Anyone found guilty of this offence is lia-
ble on conviction on indictment to a fine of
thirty thousand dollars and imprisonment for
A release said the Children Act 2012 created
a number of new offences targeted towards the
prevention of sexual abuse of children.
"It defines a child to be a person under the
age of 18 and there are severe penalties that
have been established in relation to various of-
fences which include sexual touching, sexual
grooming and sexual penetration of a child."
The release said the police were responsi-
ble for the criminal investigation into sexual
offences committed against a child while the
authority conducts a psychosocial investigation
to determine the type of intervention required
for the child's well-being.
Who will pay
The future of several cases left unfinished by former
chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar is still unclear.
Several of the cases came up for hearing before acting
Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle in the Port-
of-Spain Eighth Magistrates' Court yesterday for the second
time since Ayers-Caesar was appointed a High Court judge
Busby-Earle-Caddle was inundated with questions from
accused persons who inquired about the status of their cases.
One of the men, Akido Mayers, whose preliminary inquiry
for murder was before Ayers-Caesar for the past six years,
said: "If my matter has to start over, who is going to pay
my lawyer fees?"
Busby-Earle-Caddle stated that she could not answer
their questions as her "hands are tied" and she was still
awaiting instructions from the Judiciary on how to proceed.
"I am doing what I can to get your matters completed,"
she said as she adjourned the cases to June 1.
Among the matters that were adjourned yesterday
was Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr's
case for refusing to appear before the Commission of
Enquiry into the 1990 Coup and that of Christopher
"Monster" Selby, who is facing 10 charges arising out of
his daring prison break in 2015 during which PC Sherman
Maynard was killed.
Shortly after being sworn in the post on April 11, several
persons with part heard matters before Ayers-Caesar be-
gan complaining when their matters came up for hearing
including a group of murder accused, who allegedly started
a riot at the court's holding cells.
Their concerns were amplified by senior attorneys and
the Law Association, leading to Ayers-Caesar's resignation.
Responding to the resignation, the Judiciary announced
that Ayers-Caesar would be reappointed to complete the
However, the legality of the move was questioned by several
Senior Counsel and has been since put on hold.
As Ayers-Caesar's unfinished
cases call again in court...
Police probe son of retired
cop wearing uniform
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police are investigating a picture circulating on
social media purportedly of that of a police officer's
son wearing his father's uniform.
Speaking at the weekly media briefing yesterday public
information officer ASP Michael Pierre said the police were
aware of the photograph and it is now being investigated
to determine if any laws have been breached. Pierre added
that once a police officer retires, his complete kit must be
returned to the Police Service. The man photographed is
believed to the son of a retired police officer.
Pierre added the responsibility of an officer's kit lay with
the officer and any breaches can be sanctioned internally.
Asked what redress citizens may have against people passing
themselves off as police officers, Pierre said, all officers,
regardless of whether they are in uniform or not must, if
requestedidentify themselves by their name and regimental
number. He added that failure to do so should raise a red
flag in the minds of citizens and the member of the public
should seek out the officer's senior or make a report to a
nearby police station.
Regarding fiery protest by Morvant residents on Tuesday
and protesters outside the Children's Hospital in Couva last
Friday, Pierre said all eight people arrested during the Mor-
vant protest had been released while police are investigating
the hospital protest.
Asked what the police are investigating when a senior
police officer pronounced publicly that no offence had been
committed, Pierre said: "We will await the outcome of the
investigation and will not make any premature statements.
We cannot say that (no offence was committed) until the
investigation is complete."
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