Teacher arrested, released on $100,000 bail

first_img…denies charges of sexual grooming, sexual assault and rapePolice on Saturday arrested Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson at his Pollydore Street, Lodge home and charged him for sexual grooming, sexual assault, and rape allegedly committed on a former student.He has denied the allegations, but has been placed on $100,000 station bail and has been made to surrender his passport.He is expected to be arraigned in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts today (Monday).Jackson is being accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher, grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 — the legal age of consent. Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations, but has admitted to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s.The Police claim that between December 2010 and May 2011, at Durban Street, Lodge, Jackson raped one of his students.The Ministry of Education launched a full-fledged investigation into the allegations, and upon completion of that exercise, authorised the Police to begin conducting a criminal investigation of the allegation.The Police investigation has resulted in Jackson being charged for one count of rape. However, the Police say their investigation is still ongoing, as they are still investigating other allegations against the teacher of over 20 years.It was the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Cultural Advisor who broke the news of Jackson’s alleged sexual misconduct on social media, and that story has since resulted in a number of past students relating their experiences.The Cultural Advisor, in a letter to the Chief Education Officer, detailed numerous reports he had received from current and past students of this teacher, who allegedly sexualized his lessons, had inappropriate conversations with female students, and engaged in multiple sexual relationships with female students.last_img