Another public figure has been sent to jail for a sexual offense.
School Teacher Aaron Hercules has been given an 18-month prison sentence by Madam Justice, Margaret Price-Findlay, three days after the same judge handed twice time Calypso Monarch, Biko Lewis a 20-month prison sentence for unlawful carnal knowledge of a 15-year old student.
Hercules, a resident of Fontenoy, St. George’s, was found guilty of indecent assault last week Thursday by a nine-member jury that comprised six women and three men.
The jury returned a majority verdict of seven to two at High Court Number Two on conclusion of the trial that lasted three days.
Hercules who was 32 years of age at the time of the incident is accused of committing the sexual offense sometime between March 1 and 31, 2009 against a child who was a student at the school where he taught.
The child who was then 13, complained that Hercules had engaged in acts of touching her private parts.
A court official told The New Today Newspaper that throughout the trial, Hercules who gave a sworn testimony from the witness box, maintained his innocence.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Crown Counsel, Criss-Ann Greenidge, a young female attorney employed with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the past five years.
Incidentally, Greenidge had also been the State Prosecutor in the case involving Calypsonian Biko.
News of the schoolteacher’s uncharacteristic behaviour with students at the St. George’s Methodist School where he taught first came to light by Education Minister, Senator Franka Bernadine who gave assurance that her ministry would not put up with any relationship between teachers and students.
Civil society had also engaged in a street march from the vicinity of the school at Queen’s Park denouncing Hercules’ behaviour.
There were other reports circulating in the country that the schoolteacher had engaged in a number of inappropriate behaviour with students, and civil society felt he had betrayed the trust placed in him as a schoolteacher and should be removed from the system.
There are eleven (11) matters of sexual offenses on the current list of the assizes, which concludes next month.
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