Two men were charged by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) for three counts of sexual penetration of a child and four counts of sexual touching of a child following intelligence-led exercises, yesterday.
The exercises were spearheaded by W/Supt. (Ag.) George and ASP Nowbutt, and supervised by Insps. (Ag.) Andrews and Francis along with Sgt. James and WPC Johnson.
Confirmation from the Office of the Attorney General that perpetrators of sexual crimes will face the full brunt of novel laws aimed at deterring, punishing and shaming rapists, paedophiles and those others with a propensity to commit sexual crimes.
According to an official statement issued today, the tougher sex crimes laws came into effect on Friday 31st January 2020.
The Child Protection Unit (CPU) is strongly urging citizens with information on child abuse to report it to the nearest police station, or to the CPU, to ensure that an investigation into such cases are launched immediately.
The renewed appeal comes as seven men and one woman were nabbed in an intelligence-led exercise over the weekend, by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU), the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Tobago Task Force.
Seven people were arrested on various offences, including for rape and attempted murder in police exercises conducted in South and North Trinidad.
According to a police report, the anti-crime exercise was conducted in the St Joseph and South Western Districts between 9 pm on Thursday and 5.30 am on Friday.
It was supervised by Inspector Hernandez and Sergeant Thomas (Ag), and included a party of police officers from the St Joseph Criminal Investigations Department and the Northern Division's Crime Suppression Unit.
Two Port of Spain men, charged separately for varying sexual offences against minors, have been committed to stand trial in the High Court, after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate.
Anthony Michael Mitchell, 26, of Port of Spain, was granted $100,000 bail with surety and committed to stand trial in the High Court, after appearing before Magistrate Adia Mohammed, in the Port of Spain 7th Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday 10th April, 2018.