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Cop on sex charge interacting with underage boys at SDA church, members ask why

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 5:32 PM

Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, says she is gathering information on reports that a policeman on a sex offence charge is leading a youth group at a Seventh-day (SDA) church in St Andrew.

A rift has reportedly been developed among members of the church over the role of sergeant Dalton Leslie who is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

He was granted bail last week.

However, some members are questioning why he’s being allowed to lead an all-male youth group involving underage boys at the church.

They say Leslie remains the guardian of an underage boy who attends the church.

The Children’s Advocate says the situation is untenable even though Leslie has not been convicted of any crime.

She says as a precautionary measure he should not be allowed unsupervised access to underage children.

 

Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison

Meanwhile, the East Jamaica Conference, which oversees the church, says it is also gathering information.

Head of communications for the organisation, Phillip Castel, says he cannot comment until he has all the details.

The Peter Champagnie, the policeman's attorney told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning that he was not aware of the roles being played by his client at the church. 

He says he is making checks.