Tobago Political Activist Under Probe For Sex Texts To Boy

Trinidad Guardian:- Of­fi­cers of the TTPS Child Pro­tec­tion Unit in To­ba­go are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of in­ap­pro­pri­ate, vile, text mes­sages sent to a 15-year-old school­boy from a so­cial me­dia ac­count of a To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) em­ploy­ee.

The 34-year-old al­leged of­fend­er is fre­quent­ly seen on po­lit­i­cal and THA plat­forms, so­licit­ed the young­ster for sex, ac­cord­ing to one of the mes­sages.

An of­fi­cer of the Child Pro­tec­tion Unit told Guardian Me­dia that even though a for­mal re­port had not been made “we will cer­tain­ly in­ves­ti­gate this mat­ter.”

Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands that the con­ver­sa­tion took place ap­prox­i­mate­ly three weeks ago, but on­ly start­ed cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day.

Un­der the Chil­dren Act 2012, an in­di­vid­ual can be charged for en­gag­ing in con­ver­sa­tion of a sex­u­al na­ture with a mi­nor. The Act ex­press­ly iden­ti­fies the sit­u­a­tion as sex­u­al groom­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty of Trinidad and To­ba­go: “Sex­u­al groom­ing oc­curs when an adult be­friends a child by build­ing a close re­la­tion­ship in or­der to gain the child’s trust, with the in­ten­tion of lat­er en­gag­ing the child in sex­u­al ac­tiv­i­ty.”

Screen­shots of the con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the al­leged of­fend­er and the school­boy were sent to Guardian Me­dia.

The school­boy, ac­cord­ing to a close friend, shrugged off the in­ap­pro­pri­ate text mes­sages as a joke but ad­mit­ted it made him feel un­com­fort­able, which prompt­ed him to send screen­shots of the con­ver­sa­tion to his friends.

How­ev­er, he has been in good spir­its and was not trou­bled by the pub­lic rev­e­la­tion.

The boy’s moth­er was re­port­ed­ly in­fu­ri­at­ed af­ter her son showed her the mes­sages and went to the po­lice with the in­for­ma­tion.