Concerned citizens in a district in St Mary are calling for the Police High Command to investigate the circumstances under which a teenage boy was repeatedly sexually molested by a man while he was in a cell at the Oracabessa Police Station in St Mary last month.
The boy's alleged molester was already facing a charge of buggery at the time of the alleged incident in the jail cell.
When the resident magistrate (RM) made the routine cell check one Friday, the boy outlined his ordeal and the RM ordered that he be removed from that cell and an investigation conducted into the allegations.
The boy's attacker reportedly used a knife to subdue him.
Residents in the community where the boy lives are upset that he was placed in a cell with a man accused of buggery. They boy had been charged with simple larceny.
A senior police officer told The Gleaner that, in the first place, the accused bugger should not have been placed in a cell with other inmates. He said it was the custom for prisoners to attack inmates who are accused of being homosexual and so special security should be provided for that prisoner.
He advised that the young man who said he was sexually molested could consider filing a civil suit against the Government for the police's failure to keep him safe.