Stepfather owns up to indecent assault charges
A Christ Church man today pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault against his stepdaughter between December 2011 and October 2012.
In reading the facts in the No 2 Supreme Court this afternoon, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard revealed that the man was in a relationship with the mother of the then ten-year-old girl. They lived in a three-bedroom house with two other siblings.
Babb-Agard further explained that on December 23, 2011, the mother had left home for work, leaving the children at home with their stepfather.
The accused, who is currently on remand, then went into the back bedroom where the children were watching television and got under a bed sheet.
He then told the girl to come under the sheet to which she said, ‘no’. The stepfather then reportedly pulled the girl under the sheet and fondled her breasts and inserted his finger into her vagina.
The child reportedly told her mother what had occurred and stepfather was later arrested, but he told police at the time that he did not commit the alleged acts.
However, acting Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas revealed that a second incident occurred two years later.
The girl then 12-years-old reported that she was sitting on the sofa in the living room at home on the afternoon of October 25, 2012 when the accused sat next to her and fondled her breasts. She said nothing else was done to her.
She again told her mother about the incident. However that matter was only reported to police in April, 2013.
The accused again told police that he had not guilty of committing the offence.
“I never did it,” the stepfather said in answering a number of questions posed by the police.
Madam Justice Michelle Weekes ordered a pre-sentencing report for the accused man as well as a report from the Superintendent of Prisons.
The matter was adjourned until September 22.