Businessman accused of sexually molesting 14-yr-old; mother allegedly knew of ‘relationship’

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A 25-year-old businessman in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) was taken into custody after he was accused of sexually molesting a teenage girl.

The teen is said to be from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).

According to information received, the teenager and suspect became friends after she visited her mother’s shop in Region Seven late December 2019. At that time, she reportedly told the man that she was 16 years old when, in fact, she was only 14.

The businessman approached the teen’s mother and informed her that he has feelings towards her daughter and as such, asked for consent to begin a relationship.

However, last week, the teenager and her mother had a misunderstanding and she left her mother’s house and moved in with the suspect.

The mother, in turn, lodged a report at the police outpost in the area and an investigation was launched.

The man was subsequently arrested but the teen turned up at the station and informed the police that the businessman would usually give her money and she would hand over same to her mother.

She also told the police that her mother had agreed to the relationship. When contacted, Commander of Region Seven, Senior Superintendent Linden Lord confirmed that the man was arrested but could not divulge any information due to the sensitive nature of the matter.

He, however, related that a medical examination will be conducted on the teenager shortly.