Sexual assault case against public official in hands of Solicitor General

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By Machela Osagboro

Allegations of sexual assault against a high ranking official in the Ministry of Public Works have been brought before the Solicitor General, Martin Camacho.

Clarence Pilgrim, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, confirmed the man in question had been transferred out of the department but declined to comment further.

Yesterday, Camacho’s Office told OBSERVER media that the case was a client-counsel matter and that the details surrounding it could not yet be discussed.

When the news broke in early January, several women had come forward claiming sexual harassment and sexual assault at the hands of the top official.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Atlee Rodney, subsequently urged all women in the community to come forward and report incidences of sexual harassment in the workplace to police.

The women had also claimed that they wrote letters to the Minister of Works, Lennox Weston, to get a resolution on the matter. That was to no avail as the women had to resort to giving their story to OBSERVER media in order to bring attention to their plight, they said. Weston has not commented on those claims.

In letters obtained by OBSERVER media, the alleged victims gave graphic details of abuse they said they had suffered.

 One of the women claimed that the individual came to her home very late at night, seeking sexual pleasure. Another accused the man of beating, choking, and squeezing her, while a third said she was “fed up” and just wanted the harassment to stop.

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