Grenada: Man pleads guilty to sexual assault of a child

By Rumi Samuel Published on December 15, 2021
Grenada: Man pleads guilty to sexual assault of a child

A New York man pleaded guilty yesterday in the Eastern District of New York to sexually assaulting a five-year-old child abroad in Grenada.  

A media statement under the US Department of Justice states that according to court documents, during a trip to Grenada in October 2019, the man who is 27- years old, of Brooklyn, a dual United States, and Grenadian citizen, forced a five-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him while the boy was temporarily left in his care. 

He previously pleaded guilty to Grenadian charges related to the abuse but did not receive a sentence of imprisonment. Instead, the Grenadian court fined him $1,500 and required him to pay $600 compensation to the victim. 

The man pleaded guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place and faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, US Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York, and Acting Special Agent in Charge Rick J. Patel for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York made the announcement. 

HSI New York’s Child Exploitation Investigations Unit investigated the case with valuable assistance from the HSI Caribbean Attaché Office and the Royal Grenada Police Force. 

Trial Attorney Charles Schmitz of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant US Attorney Laura Zuckerwise for the Eastern District of New York are prosecuting. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  

They are led by US Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate better, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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