Bishops’ High School economics teacher, Coen Jackson was remanded to jail this morning after being charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child below the age of 16 by abusing the position of trust.
The Court appearance came just one day after the Director of Public Prosecutions offered advice to the Police to file the charge against him under the Sexual Offenses Act.
Appearing before Magistrate Leron Daly, the 39-year-old man was not required to enter a plea when the charge was read to him.
The Court heard that between December 2010 and May 2011, Jackson engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.
Jackson’s appearance in Court comes just five months after the allegations against him first surfaced on social media.
The accusations were first made by the Government’s Cultural Advisor, Ruel Johnson, who is currently married to Jackson’s ex-girlfriend. The same young woman is also one of the teacher’s former students.
During a press conference last year, Jackson claimed that the accusations against him had been concocted by Johnson over disagreements that the two shared on social media, and Johnson being romantically involved now with his ex-girlfriend.
Johnson has consistently denied the claim by Jackson and maintains that he brought the issue to the public’s attention after receiving several reports of the teacher allegedly grooming his students for eventual sexual encounters.
The Ministry of Education had conducted its own probe into the allegations and had forwarded its findings to the Police. Those findings made up the file that was dispatched to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Jackson has been on a leave of absence since the allegations first surfaced. He will remain on remand until March 15, 2018 when the case will come up again. He was represented in Court today by Attorney Siand Dhurjon.