Former UCCI lecturer pleads guilty to pornography charges

Crown seeks social inquiry report because of ‘public interest’

Former UCCI lecturer Pavlov Rameau pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in court on Friday.

A former University College of the Cayman Islands lecturer pleaded guilty in Grand Court on Friday to 12 charges of possession of child pornography.

Pierre Michel Pavlov Rameau, 49, entered his pleas, admitting that he possessed indecent photos of a child or children on or before March 30, 2017.

When Mr. Rameau first appeared in Summary Court in December, the magistrate was advised that the charges related to indecent or erotic images of children and each count referred to various quantities of images. The total was described by the Crown counsel at the time as “what seems to be a lifetime collection.” No details were given in court on Friday.

The matter first came to the attention of police when a complaint was made against Mr. Rameau alleging that he had used an Information and Communication Technology network to annoy, abuse and harass someone by requesting that certain images be sent to him. Officers obtained a search warrant for his premises and discovered the “lifetime collection.”

The ICT charge was not proceeded with.

Bail was denied to Mr. Rameau in the Summary Court, but a Grand Court judge granted bail days later. Conditions could not be met, however, and the defendant has been in custody since his first court appearance.

Justice Michael Wood began discussing a date for sentencing and defense attorney Prathna Bodden indicated she could provide mitigating material without the need for a pre-sentence social inquiry report.

The judge said he sometimes felt that social inquiry reports about the defendants were not necessary.

Senior Crown counsel Nicole Petit rose at this point to advise that, in this case, the Crown would ask to have such a report. “I do think there is a public interest to be served,” she told the court.

The judge questioned whether it would be a waste of time and money.

Ms. Petit replied, “There is a wider impact on the community we have been considering.” Justice Wood then ordered a report to be prepared and served to both counsel by the close of the day on May 15. He set sentencing for Thursday, May 17.

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