Detectives assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) have arrested and charged 69-year-old Paul Anderson, otherwise called ‘Roger’, a cargo handler of Love Lane, Montego Bay in St. James following an incident in his community on Friday, December 01, 2023.

Anderson was slapped with the charges of Rape, Grievous Sexual Assault and Sexual Touching of a Child.

Reports are that Anderson fondled a 7-year-old girl on several occasions and had sexual intercourse with her. On Thursday, February 15 Anderson kissed the complainant in the presence of another child, who informed her mother of the incident. A report was made to the police and an investigation launched into the matter.

Anderson was arrested on Saturday, February 17, after he was pointed out to the police by the complainant.

He was charged with breaches of the Sexual Offences Act on Wednesday, February 21; however, his court date is not yet finalised.

The Police are re-assuring members of the public that every case is treated with privacy and confidentiality and they should continue reporting these incidents to the Police. The Jamaica

Constabulary Force (JCF) in partnership with the schools, hospitals and Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) are robust in their approach to minimize sexual offences committed against our nation’s children. The public is being reminded that children under the age of 16 cannot give consent for sexually related activities; hence the law makes it mandatory for sex offenders to face punitive measures.

Additionally, persons who have knowledge of sexual offences against a child and fail to report the incident will also be prosecuted as per the act.

The JCF is appealing to parents and guardians to report suspected cases of child abuse to CISOCA at 876-926-4079, the CPFSA at 876-948-7206 or the nearest police station.