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19-year-old charged for having sex with underaged girl

A 19-year-old male has been charged with five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16.

The police have identified him as Kadeem Callwood — a US citizen residing in Cane Garden Bay.

He was granted bail till his appearance before the Magistrate’s Court on October 15.

Meanwhile, the police said in a media release that other charges are likely to be laid in this matter.

“The Virgin Islands Criminal Code 1997 stipulates that any male over the age of 14 years commits an offense if he has sexual intercourse with a minor female. A girl under the age of 16 cannot consent to any form of sexual activity. Therefore, it is an offence for a male over the age of 14 to engage in sex or have any sexual contact with a girl under the age of 16. This is called statutory rape since, according to the law, the girl is considered to be too young to legally consent to have sex or sexual contact,” Head of the Family and Juvenile Unit, Acting Inspector Kendolph Bobb said while commenting on the case.

“An offender could be sentenced to seven years in prison for unlawful sexual intercourse. Ignorance is not bliss in this case,” he added.

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  1. WOW says:

    SO what they are saying is that a male who is 15 can legally consent to having sex once the female is over 16?????

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  2. to be continued.. says:

    is not now it happening,, and with this covid causing loss of jobs and reduced income and higher prices in the supermarket and gas stations everyday day. some people will do what they have to do to survive or to buy school books , food rent etc.. no matter the age.. sorry to say but its happening.

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  3. hmm says:

    Not condoning this but having a hard time grasping the logic behind why a male can be a sex offender at 14 but a female is not old enough in the eyes of the law to give consent until 16.

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  4. too bad says:

    a lot of jail bait running around out there.. be careful.

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  5. Kweenie says:

    Expunge his record. We have teachers forcing children to rinse their mouth with poison, teachers who’ve been involved in robberies fatal all with no records. This CHILD is just starting out.

  6. curious. says:

    if a 14 year old boy has sex with a 16 year old girl. who will be prosecuted?

  7. Question says:

    Why did they post his name when they often withhold names of other offenders?

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  8. Foreigner says:

    Trying to say that he has no Bvi connection, he a US citizen dem say.

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