Man denies sexually assaulting two girls

News  |  April 16, 2024

A Pembroke man denied sexually assaulting two girls when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The 20-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is accused of assaulting one girl on two occasions in 2023, as well as assaulting and intruding on the privacy of another on April 2. Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson adjourned the case to May 6 and released the man on $5,000 ... Read more

Canadian sentenced in absentia to ten weeks’ jail time

News  |  April 15, 2024

A Canadian man convicted of performing an indecent act in front of a woman was sentenced yesterday in his absence to ten weeks imprisonment. Brent Habetler, originally from Saskatchewan, was not present at his sentencing hearing in Magistrates’ Court because he was allowed to return home after his conviction, but did not come back to Bermuda. The 46-year-old was also fined $500 for a... Read more

Canadian’s indecent exposure, assault sentence postponed

News  |  April 10, 2024

The sentencing of a Canadian man convicted of assault and performing an indecent act near a public pool has been postponed as Magistrates’ Court waits for him to return to Bermuda. Brent Habetler, 46, was due to be sentenced yesterday after being convicted of the offences last Thursday. But Magistrate Craig Attridge heard that he flew back to his native Saskatchewan and has not ... Read more

Canadian convicted of committing indecent act

News  |  April 5, 2024

A Canadian man has been found guilty in Magistrates’ Court of committing an indecent act in front of a woman at Willowbank Resort. Magistrate Craig Attridge also found Brent Habetler, 46, guilty of assaulting a man at the Sandys hotel. During his trial in February, a woman told the court that she saw Habetler, from Saskatchewan, “moving his hands rapidly” inside his pants in a co... Read more

More than 1,000 child abuse complaints in 2023

News  |  April 2, 2024

The Department of Child and Family Services received 1,006 child abuse reports last year, with 741 meeting the criteria for investigation. Tinée Furbert, the Minister of Youth, Social Development and Seniors, revealed this yesterday during a proclamation outside City Hall designating April Child Abuse Prevention Month. “The number of children exposed to family violence remains the highes... Read more

Trial starts of man accused of touching schoolgirl

News  |  April 1, 2024

A man from Hamilton Parish allegedly touched a schoolgirl inappropriately on more than one occasion, Magistrates’ Court heard. The 61-year-old denied three charges that he sexually touched the girl, who is under the age of 14, when he appeared in court. The offences allegedly took place between June 2022 and January 2023. Neither the girl nor the accused can be identified for legal reason... Read more

Man denies sexual exploitation

News  |  March 21, 2024

A man from Warwick has been charged in Magistrates’ Court with sexual exploitation of a young person. The 25-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denied the offence, which allegedly occurred between August 2016 and August 2017, when he appeared in court yesterday. Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson adjourned the case to April 10 and extended the man’s bail until that ti... Read more

Teacher remanded after sex offence charges

News  |  March 14, 2024

A teacher at one of the island’s schools is in custody after being charged with sexual offences against a 14-year-old. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, did not enter a plea last Friday at Magistrates’ Court as the charges are indictable. He was accused of being in a position of trust or authority towards a young person between February 1 and March 6 and attempted unl... Read more

Senior pleads guilty to sex offence against girl

News  |  March 4, 2024

A Supreme Court judge ordered a social inquiry report on a senior who admitted having unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl ten years ago. The man, who cannot be named because of a reporting restriction, plead guilty to a single count of the offence, which took place on an unknown date between December 2013 and December 2014. At the time, the defendant was 53 while the victim, who also cannot... Read more

Judge: child porn blackmail rulings must reflect revulsion

News  |  February 5, 2024

A judge suggested that sentences for people who commit sex offences against children are “simply not robust enough”. Cahlii Smith, 30, was jailed for 11 years last week after blackmailing two teenage girls into producing and sending him child pornography. It was the first blackmail case in Bermuda to involve child sexual abuse. In his judgment, Assistant Justice Mark Pettin... Read more

Lawyer argues blackmailer at low risk of reoffending

News  |  January 24, 2024

A defence lawyer argued that a proposed 12-year sentence for a man convicted of blackmailing young girls to produce child pornography was excessive under the circumstances. Cahlii Smith, from St George’s, was found guilty last year of a string of offences, including two counts of extortion, three counts of making child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography and one count of... Read more

Charity calls for more effective sex offender treatment

News  |  January 4, 2024

The Government is being urged to introduce specialised treatment for sex offenders and strict licence conditions for when they are released into the community. Last week Devaun Cox was jailed for 12 months for inappropriately touching a woman — an offence committed less than a week after he was released from jail for sexually assaulting a female patient at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness... Read more