Ex-track coach pleads not guilty to indecency

Former Cayman track coach Ato Modibo Stephens appeared in Grand Court on Friday afternoon, when he pleaded not guilty to three charges: two of indecent assault on a female and one of gross indecency.

The offenses are alleged to have occurred in 2015. The victim/complainant is a teenaged girl.

Defense attorney Lloyd Samson told Justice Charles Quin on Friday that Stephens was ready to enter pleas regarding the first three charges against him. He asked that a fourth charge not be put at this time because his client was “still considering his options.”

The fourth charge is using an ICT network to abuse/annoy/harass.

Stephens, 37, first appeared in court on the matter on Feb. 21 after being transported from Florida following an extradition request.

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards advised that the Crown elected the charges be dealt with in Grand Court. After Stephens entered his pleas, he was asked if he had decided whether to have trial by jury or by judge alone. “Judge alone,” Mr. Samson replied.

Justice Quin set the trial’s starting date as June 5.

Stephens’ remand in custody was continued until then.

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