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Grange says she remains intolerant of sexual abuse

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange says that she remains intolerant of sexual abuse.

She was speaking to the Jamaica Observer in response to the arrest and charge of her driver, Raymond Roman, with abduction and sexual grooming.

“I have been a campaigner against sexual crimes, particularly those involving children. I am intolerant of even a suggestion of abuse,” Grange said.

She said that she felt “a great sense of disappointment and deep pain” on learning of the allegations, as a campaigner against sexual crimes.

“During my recent illness and hospitalisation, I got information that my driver had been arrested and charged for committing a sexual offence involving a minor.

“Immediately I wrote to Parliament to employ the applicable procedures under the circumstances. He has not been performing the services of chauffeur since then. He had been employed by the Parliament to transport me as a Member of Parliament and had been performing that role for nearly 20 years.

“I remain resolute that sexual abuse cannot be tolerated anywhere. We must take every report of abuse very seriously. This matter is before the court and we await the outcome.”

Roman, 47, who was arrested in April, was released on $200,000 bail recently and ordered to surrender his travel documents to the police.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse said he had been charged with the abduction and sexual grooming of a child under the 16-year-old legal limit, or the age of consent. The child is said to be 14 years old.

Roman is to return to court next month.

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