Errington Albert Webster, 54, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of indecent assault and gross indecency with a minor in connection with a videotaped incident that was distributed last week on social media.
Police did not name Webster, but Cayman Compass sources confirmed that the former Bodden Town political candidate and 30-year fire service veteran was the man arrested.
A Compass reporter saw police lead Webster out of the Cayman Islands Hospital late Sunday night.
He was in police custody as of Monday afternoon.
On Friday, a police spokeswoman, responding to several media inquiries about the “sexually explicit clip involving a minor,” said, “Distributing [forwarding, sharing, sending in any way electronically or otherwise] any sexually explicit material involving a minor is a criminal offence.”
Webster’s arrest follows an assault on the former political candidate in the yard of his house last Thursday. Later that day, police arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the assault. The man had not been charged as of press time Monday.
Following the assault, Webster was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Attempts to contact Webster over the weekend were unsuccessful. Webster’s wife, Millicent, said the family “didn’t have anything to say.”
Webster ran unsuccessfully to represent Bodden Town in the Legislative Assembly in 2013. His name came up this year as a potential candidate with the Cayman Islands Democratic Party for next year’s election.
At a meeting late Friday, the CDP accepted Webster’s resignation from the party. CDP chair Tessa Bodden said Saturday that Webster was “never” a candidate on the party’s ticket for the 2017 general election. She declined to comment on the reasons for Webster’s resignation.
Brent Fuller contributed to this report.