POLICE at Lata in Temotu province have arrested a 60-year-old man from Naban Village in Santa Cruz Island on April 12, 2018 for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl from the same village on four separate occasions in 2017.
Provincial Criminal Investigation Officer (PCIO), Sergeant Ezekiel Menoia says, “Police here at the Lata Police Station have charged the man with three counts of alleged sexual intercourse with a child under 18 years old and one count of alleged indecent act on a child under 18 years with three other related charges.
“The accused was remanded at the Lata Correctional Centre while investigations continue but has now been released on principal bail on April 24, 2018 while he waits to appear in the Lata Magistrates Court at the end of May this year.
“In the light of what seems to be a certain level of increase in such offences in our communities throughout the country, I want to strongly appeal to parents and guardians to take good care of our children especially our young daughters.
“Ensure we know where they are and who they are with at all times. The safety of our children is paramount.”
Police in Temotu are continuing to investigate similar allegations and suspects will be arrested and charged when there is enough evidence.
The maximum penalty for anyone found guilty of sexual assault is life imprisonment.