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Cops hunt man
in 'rude talk'
The Children's Authori-
ty is calling for members of
the public to come forward
with information to help
catch a 35-year-old man
who made sexual advanc-
es to an 11-year-old girl in
a series of WhatsApp mes-
Screenshots of the conver-
sation between the man, who
is married, and the child were
posted on social media.
In the conversation, the
man promised the child that
he would give her money, buy
her a Samsung cellphone and
meet with her for sex
In one of the
a parent of the
to the man after
reading the pre-
vious chats and
told the sexual
predator that a
report was go-
ing to be filed
with the police.
In a state-
day, the Children's Au-
thority advised parents and
guardians to be aware that
sexual grooming is a reality
and a crime.
"Sexual grooming occurs
when an adult befriends a
child by building a close re-
lationship in order to gain the
child's trust, with the inten-
tion of later engaging the child
in sexual activity."
The Authority said accord-
ing to the Children Act, 2012,
the person who commits such
an offence is liable "to a fine of
$50,000 and to imprisonment
for 10 years; or on conviction
on indictment, to a fine of
$100,000 and to imprison-
ment for 20 years.
"Parents and guardians are
advised to get to know the
adults with whom
their child interacts
whether it is in per-
son or online.
also pay attention
to adults who give
unwarranted gifts or
want to spend time
alone with a child. Children
should also be taught not to
give out personal informa-
tion online," the statement
The Authority said if a
parent or guardian sus-
pects sexual grooming, they
should take the evidence
and any information about
the alleged perpetrator to the
police and report the matter
to the Authority's hotlines at
996 or 800-2014.
"The Authority reminds the
public that child protection is
everyone's business, therefore,
we all have a role to protect
children from perpetrators of
abuse and nurture children in
an environment that encour-
ages their development."
Acting ACP Radcliff Boxhill
said from it was a criminal of-
fence and action must be taken
against the man.
"It is a child you dealing with
and some don't know how to
deal with that. We may not un-
derstand how they (children)
are thinking and no blame is
to be put on the child," he said.
Boxhill said from the con-
versations between the adult
and the child it was evident the
man was making attempts to
"The grown man is attempt-
ing to groom her. The Child
Protection Unit will be called
in and investigate and we need
the Cyber Crime Unit to find
the source of the device and
"They can be found on the
handset and there will be re-
cords," he said.
Boxhill said the information
was out on social media and he
was confident the police will
investigate and deal with it.
"To ensure appropriate ac-
tion and this situation does not
continue and send the message
that this will not be tolerated
"It is a criminal offence and
the police will deal with it," he
Users on social media ex-
pressed outrage after reading
the conversations posted be-
tween the child and the man
Beware of what you post on social me-
dia, especially messages with an intent
to harm a person because it can land you
in trouble with the law.
This was the warning given yesterday by
the head of the Fraud Squad, Ag Snr Supt
Totaram Dookhie at the T&T Police Service's
weekly media briefing, at Police Adminis-
tration Building, in Port-of-Spain.
Dookhie said that messages with intent to
harm someone would fall under the proposed
Cyber Crime Bill, which is currently before
the Joint Select Committee.
"It is an offence in the new Cyber Act 15
2017 Clause 18, if you send messages with
intent to harm."
Dookhie said a person can be charged
with an offence under the Offences
Against a Person Act 11:08, "for
threatening language. For
example like what we saw
recently with a man who post-
ed threats against the wife and
daughter of the Prime Minister (that
matter is currently before the courts)."
"Posting nude photos of children,
under the age of 18 is a clear offence
and people can be charged. Defamation
of character, however, would border
on civil action, meaning that the
person you offend can bring civil
action against you," Dookhie said.
"Too many people continue
unabated and with impunity to
publish statements about others
that are unacceptable, disre-
spectful and may even reach the
threshold of criminal conduct,"
"Prior to activating that send but-
ton, consider the fact that you may or can
be prosecuted for breaching the criminal
law. Once prosecuted and convicted it will
negatively impact your future and also, you
may be setting the stage for civil litigation
to be instituted against you," he said.
On another issue, Dookhie said that there
has been a significant increase in fraudulent
and malicious offences relating to credit and
card skimming. He said within the last four
years there has been a 181 per cent increase
in the number of reported cases.
Dookhie said there is a direct link to the
crime involving locals and foreigners from
several countries including, Bolivia, Bul-
garia, Spain, United Kingdom, Dominican
Republic and Canada.
He said some of the equipment
being used by card skimmers is be-
ing imported into the country.
So far, he said, 16 foreigners have
been arrested for money laundering
and other crimes under the Elec-
tronic Transfer of Funds Act, "nine of
which have been successfully convicted
and sentenced. Also prosecuted were five
"We continue relentlessly to persevere
to dismantle these organised crime syn-
dicates. The Fraud Squad, the TTPS, in
collaboration with Bankers Association,
Transnational Organised Crime Unit are
robustly targeting these organised syn-
dicates," Dookhie said.
A screenshot from the
between a 35-year-old man
and an 11-year-old girl.
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