A prisoner being held on remand at Northward was charged this week with gross indecency with a minor and committing a “negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease.”

The suspect, who police did not name, is a 56-year-old George Town man. He’s being held in Northward prison pending another court matter.

The offense alleged in the indecency case involves a minor under age 16, the Royal Cayman Islands Police said. The incident the charges relate to occurred on Sept. 16 in George Town.

The suspect appeared in court via video link Tuesday and is due to appear again next week.

Section 167 of the Cayman Islands Penal Code defines the act of negligently spreading disease as: “A person who unlawfully or negligently does any act which he knows or has a reason to believe to be likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to health commits an offense.”

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