School aide child sex abuse case to resume in October

The case against a school aide charged with indecently assaulting primary school girls has been adjourned until Oct. 22. 

The defendant, 19, faces 10 charges of indecent assault on a female – girls between the ages of 7 and 10 – at a government primary school between September and November last year. 

When he appeared in court on Thursday, his attorney Karin Thompson advised that he had attended appointments for psychiatric and psychological evaluations, as requested in August. However, the doctors’ reports were not ready and it would take four weeks for them to be submitted, the court heard. 

Ms. Thompson suggested it would be realistic to give the Crown and herself a week to consider the reports before returning to court. 

Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez agreed, but said the matter has to proceed as it has been before the court since July.  

The charges can be dealt with in Summary Court or in Grand Court, but the defendant has not yet elected in which court he wants the matter heard, and he has not entered any pleas. 

The Cayman Compass is not naming the defendant or the school in order to protect the identities of the children involved.