Church Deacon Arrested in Gang Rape Case

RJR [Jamaica]
July 6, 2006

A 48-year-old church deacon is now in police custody in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Two teenaged boys are also in custody while the police continue their search for three other schoolboys believed to be involved in the incident, which was recorded on video.

The RJR News Centre has received a copy of the video tape which contains disturbing images of the boys forcefully fondling the girl while she begs for assistance.

The police report that a deacon of the Dayton Avenue Church of God drove a van to a school in St. Andrew to pick up one of the boys.

At the school he offered a ride to other students, including the girl.

It is alleged that on their way home the boys held the girl and assaulted her.

The video recording shows the girl being fondled while the van was being driven before it parked and she appeared to be sexually assaulted.

The matter was brought to the attention of the media and the police by a young man who said he was disturbed by the images which he found on a compact disc.

Following investigations the police arrested the deacon and the two 18-year-olds Wednesday night.

The girl has also been taken into protective custody and is now getting medical attention and counselling.

Investigators say the deacon is facing charges of aiding and abetting and conspiracy, while the boys could be charged with assault and carnal abuse.


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