Serial sex offender jailed for one year

News  |  December 30, 2023

A serial sex offender has been sentenced to a year behind bars for inappropriately touching a woman. Devaun Cox, 38, admitted sexually assaulting the woman when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court on September 29. The court heard that on May 3, Cox told the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, that she was looking “real good” and inappropriately touched her over ... Read more

Charity welcomes maximum sentence for sex offender

News  |  December 8, 2023

A Supreme Court judge has been applauded for taking a tough stance against child abuse and highlighting the suffering victims go through. The head of the child advocacy group Saving Children and Revealing Secrets spoke out after Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe sentenced a paedophile to a maximum 18-year jail term. Mr Justice Wolffe condemned John Dexter Seaman in the strongest terms when he deliv... Read more

‘Depraved’ paedophile jailed for 18 years

News  |  December 1, 2023

A sex offender who preyed on two sisters aged 5 and 11 has been jailed for 18 years for his “predatory depravity”. At his trial in May, John Dexter Seaman was found guilty of eight counts, including charges of unlawful carnal knowledge and sexual exploitation. At a sentencing hearing yesterday, Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe handed Seaman the maximum sentence and said that he needed to b... Read more

Man sentenced to 15 months in jail for sex with minor

News  |  November 1, 2023

A man who admitted having sexual relations with a minor has been sentenced to 15 months behind bars. Jahsyi Smith-Wilkinson, 31, pleaded guilty to having unlawful carnal knowledge of the teenage girl when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court last month. The court heard that Smith-Wilkinson, from Pembroke, and the girl met while working at the same business in 2018. At the time, ... Read more

Scars founder recognised as social change trailblazer

News  |  October 30, 2023

A stalwart for the protection of children has been recognised by the Roman Catholic Church. Debi Ray-Rivers, the founder and director of Saving Children and Revealing Secrets, was given the Peace and Social Justice Award during a ceremony at St Theresa’s Catholic Cathedral in Pembroke. Ms Ray-Rivers said yesterday: “I feel overwhelmingly humbled to be included with an amazing group of p... Read more

Scars demands tougher oversight for released sex offenders

News  |  October 5, 2023

Stronger oversight for newly released sex offenders has been demanded after a serial molester admitted attacking a woman less than a week after his release from prison. Debi Ray-Rivers, who heads Saving Children and Revealing Secrets, said that Devaun Cox’s guilty plea was only more proof that “dangerous sex offenders should never be released without proper oversight and strict management... Read more

Photos & Video: ‘Kayak For Kids’ Gets Underway

News  |  September 30, 2023

This weekend, kayakers and paddleboarders are traveling around the island to raise funds for the child sexual abuse prevention charity, Saving Children and Revealing Secrets [SCARS], during the eighth annual “Kayak for Kids” event. The 40-mile route started at Somerset Long Bay Beach at 8am today [September 30] and finishes at Clearwater Beach in St David’s, from where participants will ... Read more

Kayakers Event To Raise Money For SCARS

News  |  September 28, 2023

Kayakers and paddleboarders will complete a loop of the island this weekend to raise money for a child sexual abuse prevention charity. The eighth annual Kayak for Kids event is in aid of Saving Children and Revealing Secrets [SCARS]. Forty-four kayakers, including two corporate relay teams [Team Liberty and Team Fidelis], and one paddleboarder have registered for the fundraiser. They will ... Read more

Man admits sexual relationship with minor

News  |  September 9, 2023

A man who had a sexual relationship with a minor will be sentenced in Magistrates’ Court next month. Jahsyi Smith-Wilkinson, 31, admitted having unlawful carnal knowledge of the teenager between September 2018 and March 2019 when he appeared in court yesterday. The court heard that Smith-Wilkinson and the girl met while both working at the same business. At the time, the girl, who cann... Read more

Round-the-island kayak event planned to support charity

News  |  August 23, 2023

A round-the-island kayak event is to take place in support of charitable work protecting children from sexual abuse. The eighth annual Kayak for Kids aims to raise awareness about child protection and sexual abuse prevention measures while raising funds for the charity Saving Children and Revealing Secrets.Participants may either enter as individuals or relay teams and will travel around Bermuda ... Read more

Scars urges people to ‘speak up’ to stop child sexual abuse

News  |  July 19, 2023

Better education and communication is required to protect children from predators, including those inside their own household. The Royal Gazette can confirm that a man was jailed this year after he was convicted in the Supreme Court of incest, among other offences. The man cannot legally be identified in connection with the charge of incest in order to protect the identify of the victi... Read more

Man, 30, found guilty of child-porn offences

News  |  July 5, 2023

A St George’s man accused of blackmailing a pair of teenage girls was convicted of a string of child-porn offences by a jury in the Supreme Court yesterday. Cahlii Smith, 30, was found guilty of charges including extortion, making child pornography, accessing child pornography and distributing child pornography. He was remanded into custody and will be sentenced at a future date. Durin... Read more