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

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