(CMR) An incident involving a 14-year-old child at the Francis Bodden Children's Home on Tuesday evening has prompted the police to launch a major child sexual assault investigation. CMR understands that a West Bay man had allegedly climbed into the home and had sexual relations with a teen at the government home facility.
Sources indicate that the child was asking to be able to clean the upstairs group room in the evenings. It appears that staff would then leave her unattended on the second-floor room which enables the man to climb up the window by stepping on an AC unit outside. His footprints were observed both outside and inside the facility.
Sources noted that he attempted to make a second visit but accidentally knocked on the wrong window that time which startled and alerted the staff of something attempting to break into the home. It was at that point that the police were notified and attended the scene. The victim told them what transpired.
Police have now confirmed that they are investigating a case of child sexual assault at the Francis Bodden Children's Home after a male intruder entered the property Tuesday night, 2 November. On Wednesday, 3 November, RCIPS officers received a report of a sexual assault of a child who stays at the home.
The matter is currently under investigation by the RCIPS Family Support Unit with the support of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, and all necessary safeguarding measures have been put in place for the victim.
CMR understands that the home has no exterior cameras at the facility.