Two fishermen of San Pedro Town accused of having sex with a female minor

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Police on Ambergris Caye have arrested and charged two fishermen of a San Pedrito Area of San Pedro Town after being accused of having sex with a female minor. One of the accused, a 16 year old minor, was charged for unlawful carnal knowledge, while 21-year-old Rolando Espat was charged for rape and grievous harm.

According to police, on the 17th of December 2013, at about 2:55PM a 16 year old female student of Orange Walk Town visited the San Ignacio Police Station accompanied by her mother. She reported to police that on the 14th of June, 2012, at about 10:00PM, she went to San Pedro Town and stayed at a residence in the San Pedrito Area. She reported that the male minor, who was 14 years old at the time, invited her to his house, where they engaged in sexual intercourse. The female minor, who was also 14 at the time, further reported that on the 15th of December 2012, she went back to San Pedro Town whereby the young man took her to his room and they engaged in sexual intercourse again. The minor further stated that on January 3rd, she returned to San Pedro Town and went to the same young man’s house and while there, Rolando Espat, went inside the room and forced himself upon her without her consent.

On January 7th, a medical examination was conducted on the teenage girl in the presence of her mother, where a medical doctor confirmed that she was carnally known and certified her injuries as grievous harm.
On January 22nd, San Pedro Town Police formally arrested and charged the 16 year old male minor in the presence of his father, for the crime of unlawful carnal knowledge. Rolando Espat was also arrested and charged for the crimes of rape and grievous harm.

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