At Thursday’s monthly council meeting for Hanover Municipal Corporation (HMC), Superintendent Sharon Beeput stunned councilors when she revealed that a 15-year-old boy from the parish had been arrested and charged with seven counts of rape.
In her monthly report to the HMC, Beeput called on parents across the western parish to get more involved in their children’s lives and monitor their daily activities. “We need to pay attention to the children and their attitudes,” Beeput advised parents.
It has been reported that the boy who was arrested on rape charges, in connection with the alleged crimes committed against an underage girl between October 3 and October 19 last year, as a result of the cooperation of the police, the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Victim Support Unit, he was arrested and charged.
The astonishing disclosure about the 15-year-old boy, who will appear in court on April 11, was made while Beeput revealed that an increasing number of children are entangled in or involved in criminal activity, resulting in some of them being arrested and charged by the police.
“We have a 15-year-old student from a particular high school in the parish, who was arrested and charged for assault and being armed with an offensive weapon, also another one from that same school who is 13 years old, and he was arrested and charged for unlawful wounding,” Beeput explained to those in attendance.
However, Beeput believes that one case is too many because the potential for copycats is usually what leads to much bigger problems later on. For this reason, Superintendent Beeput says she wants more parents to be vigilant and pay close attention to their children so that they can get to know their friends, giving them a better sense of what their kids are doing.