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57-year-old man charged with sexual assault of 2-year-old Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

A 57-year-old man was accused of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old child. The alleged perpetrator, Bernadott Reyes, was caught red handed by the child’s mom. He is accused of touching her in the chest area.

Reyes, a plumber of West Street in Belize City, was arraigned on Monday, January 15, 2018 before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read a single charge of sexual assault upon a child less than 12 years.

The alleged sexual act is said to have occurred on January 2, 2018 not too far from the child’s house. The child’s mother saw the ordeal from a window and claims that Reyes was caressing her child’s chest. The mother told police that she ran outside and grabbed her child.

In court, the prosecutor in the case, Inspector Egbert Castillo, had some very serious concerns regarding the safety of the child and her mother since the accused knows where the child lives. He was of the view that Reyes may want to interfere with both the child and mother.

When asked why he should be granted bail, Reyes said that he is innocent of the allegations. Because Reyes could not give a good reason, bail was denied and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until March 14, 2018.