The 62-year-old Dominican man who confessed to molesting a 14-year-old girl on three different occasions has been sentenced to 18 months at Her Majesty’s Prison for the offence.
Magistrate Shawn Innocent handed down the sentence on Tuesday.
The magistrate closed the court to the public before sentencing the sex offender that day.
The court heard that the man, whose name our news centre is withholding to protect the identity of the child, was only caught after the minor’s mother caught the man standing over her underage daughter with an erect penis. He was seen groping the child.
The man was living with the victim and her mother – whom he had a relationship with – at the time of the indecent offence.
The court heard that the offender and the victim had a close relationship prior to the three incidences. And, as such, when the victim’s mother had to travel abroad, she left her daughter in his care.
The first incident
The first incident occurred on a date unknown between the first and last day of December in 2015.
The offender reportedly entered the victim’s bedroom while she was in bed and touched her breasts and her buttocks.
He then inserted a finger into her vagina and told her to keep the assault a secret, the court further heard.
The second assault
The second assault took place on February 16, 2016, when the victim was again left in the offender’s care because her mother had to undergo a surgical operation.
Like before, the offender entered her bedroom while she was asleep and indecently assaulted her in a similar fashion as the first occasion.
The third assault occurred on February 27, when the minor’s mother had returned from the hospital.
The court heard that the mother was sleeping in the living room as she was more at ease there because of her medical condition.
Sometime during the night, she heard the offender head to the kitchen as if to prepare a meal. He left the kitchen area sometime afterwards and made his way towards the area leading to her daughter’s bedroom and the bathroom.
The court heard that, after a while, the mother noticed she didn’t hear any running water or sounds of him using the bathroom so she got up and proceeded to search for him. Her search ended in her daughter’s bedroom where she witnessed him standing over her daughter aroused while fondling the minor.
The court heard that the victim’s mother immediately began shrieking when she saw what was happening. Startled, the man asked her to be quiet and told her that it wasn’t what it appeared to be. However, her screams alerted the neighbours and the police were subsequently called to the home.
The victim was taken to the hospital for a medical examination and the defendant was arrested and charged with three counts of indecent assault.
Attorney Ruthilia Maximea represented the offender.
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