Teen Boys Plead Guilty to Sexually Assaulting 13 Yr Old Girl

RJR [Jamaica]
July 21, 2006

Two of the three teenaged boys charged along with a former church deacon in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault on Friday.

The two, 18-year-old Shamar Morgan and a 15-year-old were granted bail in the sum of $100,000 each and ordered to return to court on September 8 for sentencing.

But the former church deacon and the other boy are in more trouble. They maintain their not guilty plea.

Prosecutors then told the court that additional charges of carnal abuse and aiding and abetting carnal abuse were being levelled against the former church deacon, Donavon Jones, and the other teenager, James Rogers.

They had already been charged with nine counts of indecent assault, three counts of assault with intent to rape and one count of aiding and abetting indecent assault.

The former church deacon is also charged with cruelty to a child.

They were denied bail.

However the presiding magistrate agreed to have another bail hearing next Tuesday.

The four were arrested and charged after police investigations into allegations that the teenaged boys fondled the 13-year-old schoolgirl in a van being driven by the former deacon.

Statements submitted to the court by investigators claim that the girl was molested over a one month period at the instruction of the deacon.

It is alleged that the deacon, who was responsible for transporting the teenagers to and from school, began encouraging the boys to fondle the girl on April 28.

This continued into the month of June with the girl keeping quiet.

Investigators reported that the deacon gave one of the boys a cellular phone and video camera to record the sexual acts in the vehicle which he was driving.


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