(CMR) The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service held a press conference yesterday afternoon denying allegations that a Bodden Town child has been sexually assaulted.
Despite not inviting Cayman Marl Road to the press conference they indirectly acknowledged that the allegations were first brought to the public's attention via this online forum.
CMR originally received information about the alleged assault around August 2. However, no action was taken in reporting the information provided by someone close to the family. Instead, CMR waiting over a week until other sources came forward sharing eerily similar details. At that time, several additional persons within the BT community contacted CMR with details of the allegation – which included that there was a coverup underway.
CMR was also contacted at that time by the child's mother who wrote that she understands her son's “incident” was going to be discussed on our evening podcast. She gave no further details as to what she meant by the incident.
Around August 9, the police confirmed to Cayman 27 that the matter was under investigation.
According to the CNS report on the press conference, a referral was made from the HSA and head of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Kevin Ashworth:
confirmed that investigations following a referral from the Cayman Islands Hospital and inquiries in the United States, where the boy is being treated for an undisclosed condition, have found no evidence of a rape, sexual assault or any other kind of physical trauma.
The police would not confirm the details or nature of the treatment the child is receiving overseas.
They are also now confirming that persons linked to the allegations have requested an investigation into the matter.
Ashworth confirmed that the hospital made a referral to his unit about a child safety issue, which was not related to any physical injury or a potential sexual assault. While both he and the commissioner refused to be drawn on the details of that referral, as they said it was strictly confidential, Ashworth explained there are many reasons why doctors may make a referral to MASH.
CNS further shared:
“We have now verified that the allegations never occurred,” the police commissioner said. “The misinformation that has been published on social media is causing significant problems for the child and his mother… We are very, very worried about the graphic misinformation surrounding the case.”
The commissioner unequivocally denies that any report of rape was ever made by the family or the hospital.
CMR has spoken to its multiple sources in light of this revelation by the RCIPS and they have indicated that they never expected the matter to come to anything. One person shared:
Once again it appears a child case is being covered up at this point no one should be surprised because it has happened in Cayman before and from the looks of it; will continue to happen. It did happen and there are people who know that. Such intense details don't just come out of thin air.Person sharing their feelings on the outcome of the RCIPS investigation