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Girls' school principal faces backlash for appearance at Moravian minister's court hearing

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 1:20 PM
Principal of the Hampton School Heather Murray (right) smiles as Moravian minister Rupert Clarke (left) is led away from the St Elizabeth Parish Court yesterday.

The principal of the Hampton School Heather Murray is facing a social media backlash for her decision to turn up at the St Elizabeth Parish Court yesterday at the bail hearing of the Moravian minister of religion charged with having sex with a minor.

This morning we were not able to reach Murray, the principal of an all-girl school for a comment on the matter.

Our reporter said at one stage, Murray had tried to block The Gleaner's photographer from taking a photograph of the Moravian minister Rupert Clarke.

Clarke has been granted bail in the sum of $800,000.

He must have one or two sureties and is to return to court on February 13.

The police report that about 9 o'clock on the night of December 28, a team was on patrol in a community near Santa Cruz when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

They went to investigate and reportedly found the pastor in a compromising position with a 15-year-old child.

He was immediately taken into police custody and was charged yesterday.