Wayne Worrell, a former police officer of seven years, who was charged for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, threw in the towel yesterday morning in the High Court when the indictment was read to him, moments before a trial was set to begin.
The 29 year old, who was still a serving member of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda at the time of the unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl, was remanded to prison for sentencing on November 18.
The facts of the case were not disclosed during the hearing before Justice Darshan Ramdhani.
However, according to a police press statement yesterday, the incident occurred in February 2015.
The crime was reported to police and the Sexual Offences Unit led the investigation which culminated in the indictment against Worrell.
A Social Inquiry Report, prepared by the Probation Department, has been requested to help guide the court in sentencing the convicted man who could be jailed for a maximum of life in prison under the Sexual Offences Act.
Under the Act, a person under the age of 16 years cannot give consent for sex and the victim’s name cannot be disclosed nor any information that could reveal their identity.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)