School aide in court on indecent assault charges

Defendant, 19, faces 10 counts of indecent assault on seven young girls

A 19-year-old former school aide facing 10 charges of indecent assault on young girls appeared in Summary Court on Thursday.  

The charges are Category B, meaning the defendant can elect to be tried in either Summary Court or Grand Court. Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez asked if an election would be made that day. 

Defense attorney Karin Thompson asked for a brief adjournment because of matters that had been brought to her attention. She described the matters being of a delicate nature and requested another week so that she would be in a position to secure any necessary orders. 

The defendant is accused of indecently assaulting seven girls at a government primary school where he worked as a special aide from September 2014. The man reportedly resigned on Dec. 1, one week after the school received the first complaint. 

Ms. Thompson advised the court that her client had previously been granted permission to travel to Jamaica to obtain a student visa; he had gone and come back, handing in his passport on his return as another magistrate had directed. 

The defendant was directed to return to court Aug. 13. The magistrate said she hoped that on that date an election would be made and pleas entered. 

The Cayman Compass is not naming the man or the school in order to protect the children involved from potential identification.