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St Elizabeth Police defend handling of sex case involving 11-y-o girl

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM

The St Elizabeth Police are defending their handling of a reported case of sexual assault involving a child in the parish.

The move comes nearly a week after former Member of Parliament for South East St Elizabeth Richard Parchment accused the police of not actively investigating a report that an 11-year-old girl was being sexually molested by a pastor.

Head of the St Elizabeth Police Superintendent Lanford Salmon acknowledged that a report of sexual touching was made at the Junction Police Station on October 21 last year, but denied that the alleged perpetrator is a pastor.

Superintendent Salmon says the investigations have been completed and an arrest warrant has been issued for the alleged perpetrator, who has been identified as Zacchaeus Wright, also known as ‘Brother Jack’, of Top Hill district.

He says Wright is wanted for sexual touching and sexual grooming and is asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Junction Police at 607-8329, police emergency number 119 or the nearest police station.

According to Salmon, Wright is the caretaker and a member of a church in the Top Hill Community.

He said as soon as the report was made, the police immediately commenced their investigations and did all that was required, including seeking medical attention for the child, contacting the Santa Cruz Child Development Agency, the Santa Cruz Victim Support Unit and recording statements.

Superintendent Salmon said the police visited the community and was told that Wright was seen leaving the community the same day.