Trial date set for teacher’s aide indecent assault case

A teacher’s aide accused of indecently assaulting seven female students will have his trial starting Feb. 13, 2017.

Magistrate Grace Donalds set the trial for three days after hearing the number of potential witnesses in the matter.

The defendant faces 10 charges of indecent assault on named girls at a government primary school between Aug. 26 and Nov. 27, 2014.

The Cayman Compass is not naming the defendant or the school in order to protect the identity of the girls, who were between the ages of 6 and 10 at the time.

The defendant resigned from his position on Dec. 1, 2014, one week after the school received the first complaint.

Charges were first brought to court in July, 2015, when the defendant was 19.

He was found fit to plead and entered pleas of not guilty in November.

Defense attorney Karin Thompson subsequently advised the court of communication difficulties and the fact that her client was seeing a psychiatrist, whose report was expected to assist proceedings.

The trial date was set on Wednesday, with no other mention dates requested by either Ms. Thompson or Crown counsel Candia James.

A recent condition added to the defendant’s bail is the requirement that he make no contact, either directly or indirectly, with any of the complainants or their families.