The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force says anyone found withholding criminal information on a minor- is liable to three (3) months in prison or fined up to $5,000.00.
In a release yesterday, the RSVGPF said according to sections 12 and 14 of the Children (Care and Adoption) Act 2010, it is a criminal offence for a person who provides healthcare, childcare services, welfare, education and law enforcement wholly or partly to children who have knowledge that a child is being abused to withhold that information from the Police or from the Director of Family Affairs.
The police issued the release, in response to a report posted on Asberth News Network (ANN) involving the alleged sexual assault of a 5 year old girl by her step father who is a high ranking police officer within the force.
According to the release, the RSVG Police Force said upon learning of the allegation Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of crimes, Mr. Richard Browne, contacted the news source, advising it to encourage the the party(s) to report the alleged matter to the Police instantly. The mother however refuses to disclose her identity or that of the alleged perpetrator.
The RSVGPF said it does not condone the commission of any type of crime, whether allegedly committed by a member of the constabulary or anyone else.
It says a check with the relevant police stations, the Sexual Offences Unit and at the Criminal Investigations Department – revealed that no such report has been lodged.
The RSVGPF is therefore encouraging anyone with information relating to this allegation or any other crime to divulge same the ACP in-charge Crimes at telephone number 784-456-1339/ 784-457-1211 or any other police officer that they may feel comfortable with.
All information will be dealt with confidentially.