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Four arrested for sexual offences

Published:Monday | April 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Four more adults are in police custody today facing allegations relating to various sexual offences.

Investigators from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) yesterday announced the arrest of the four over the weekend.

Two of the persons were charged while the other two are expected to be charged this week.

Those charged have been identified as Tahir Dudley, a 31-year-old coach; and Lervan Jones, a 48-year-old teacher.

Dudley was charged with two counts of buggery while Jones was charged with sexually touching a minor.

Break the silence

News of the latest arrests should be welcomed by children's agencies, which recently called for Jamaicans to report cases of sexual abuse.

In response to press reports about the sexual abuse of children, the Child Development Agency, the Office of the Children's Advocate, the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR), and the United Nations Children's Fund issued a call for Jamaicans "to break the silence on this intolerable violation of children's rights".

At that time, the OCR, which is mandated to receive reports of abuse, noted that it had received 7,245 reports of alleged sexual abuse for the period 2007-2011.

Of that number, 6,789 involved females.