Former Bishops’ High School economics teacher, Coen Jackson was today committed to stand a High Court trial for engaging in sexual activity with a child below the age of 16 by abusing the position of trust.
Jackson was charged back in March under the Sexual Offenses Act. A preliminary inquiry into the matter was completed today before Magistrate Judy Latchman. He will remain free as the matter is moved to the High Court for a jury trial. When he made his first Court appearance, bail was refused but was later granted.
When Jackson was initially charged, the Court heard that between December 2010 and May 2011, he engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.
The charge came 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, who offered the advice to charge him.