T&T: ‘Fake’ photographer in court for rape, indecent assault

Trinidad Express:-  A Cunupia man who alleged set-up fake social media profiles to entrap young women interested in a career in modeling, appeared before a Tunapuna Magistrate on Tuesday charged with one count of indecent assault and one count of grievous sexual assault.

Bernard, represented by attorney Nicholas Rampersadsingh, appeared before Magistrate Indrani Cedeno. He was granted $300,000 bail with a cash alternative of $15,000, on the conditions that he report to the police station three times a week.

Christopher Bernard aka ‘Kyle Romiah’, 28, of Dyette Trace, Cunupia, was charged by PC Lyndon Brown, of the Central Division Major Crimes Unit. He was arrested last Thursday.

The arrest was made following a report by an 18 year old who alleged that on February 20, she responded to an advertisement on Facebook purportedly from an international modelling agency, about a paid photo-shoot.

The follow day, the teenage said she met with a man claiming to be a photographer for the agency, who took her to Caura River, Tacarigua, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Investigations were supervised by Snr. Supt. Inraj Balram, ASP Richard Smith, Insp. Marlon Alexander and Cpl Curtis Pierre, all of Central Division Major Crimes Unit.

The cases against Bernard were postponed to March 27.