School aide denies indecently assaulting schoolgirls

A former teacher’s aide pleaded not guilty Thursday to 10 charges of indecent assault on seven primary schoolgirls.

The man is accused of indecently assaulting the girls, aged from 6 to 10, at a government primary school between Aug. 26 and Nov. 27, 2014. The Cayman Compass is not naming the school or the accused to protect the privacy of the alleged victims.

The Bodden Town man, who was 19 when police charged him earlier this year, worked as a special support aide at a primary school until late last year. He resigned on Dec. 1, 2014, shortly after the Ministry of Education received the first report of possible sexual abuse against the students on Nov. 27, 2014. The man was arrested on June 25 this year.

During a hearing in August, the defendant’s attorney, Karin Thompson, asked the court to order psychological assessments for her client, because she was concerned that he may not be fit to plead. The report was ordered, and at a subsequent hearing in November, Magistrate Valdis Foldats said the man was fit to plead.

On Thursday, the defense elected for a trial in Summary Court. Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez set a case management hearing to be held Jan. 14, 2016.