BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, May 07, 2017
BUNKER'S Hill, Trelawny — The Church in Jamaica has been thrown into further disarray, with news that another man of the cloth has been arrested and charged by the police with a sexual offence against a minor.Host pastor of the Bunker's Hill New Testament Church of God in Trelawny, Presley Smith will face the Falmouth Parish Court later this week, after he was arrested and charged on Friday with acts of sexual offences.
Allegations are that between January 2016 and January of this year, Smith, 27, a native of Kingston but who currently lives in this rural Trelawny community, committed a number of sexual offences against a 15-year-old male student who hails from the district and is now residing in Montego Bay, St James.
Investigators have said that Smith turned himself in at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) in Kingston on May 3 and was later transferred to Falmouth, where he was subsequently slapped with charges of buggery, gross indecency, and grievous sexual assault.
A senior police officer who is close to the investigations told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the alleged acts were committed at the pastor's rented house in the Bunker's Hill community.
He added that the matter was reported to the offices of CISOCA in Montego Bay after the boy's parents saw “certain materials” on his laptop computer in April of this year. more