Teacher gets 18 months for assaulting pupil

Parents put their trust in teachers and expect them to protect and look after their children while at school, a High Court judge said yesterday.

So the actions of teacher/teacher’s aide Rico Renaldo Edwards, who pushed his hand down the pants of a then 11-year-old boy and squeezed his testicles, was a serious breach of that trust and was deserving of jail, declared Justice Pamela Beckles.

As a result, she sentenced him to 18 months in prison for indecent assault.

Edwards, 25, of Sargeant Park, Foul Bay, St Philip, was back in the No. 5 Supreme Court for sentencing after he was found guilty, at an earlier Session of the Continuous Sittings, of indecently assaulting the boy on January 7, 2016.

The matter was prosecuted by Principal Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney, while Edwards was represented by attorney Martie Garnes.

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