Three members of the St. James Police Division were offered bail in the sum of One Million Dollars (1,000,000.00) each with sureties when they appeared in the St. James Parish Court on Friday September 28. They are Constables Damian Wilson and Shawn Stewart and District Constable Jerry Boothe.
Reports are on Saturday August 19, 2018, the complainants were asleep in a motor vehicle along Kent Road, Montego Bay St. James when they were approached by the three policemen. It is alleged that the policemen took photographs and video recordings of the men who were said to be in a compromising position. They then solicited Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) from the men in order to avoid being prosecuted for breaches of the Buggery Act. The complainants reportedly gave them Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) and made arrangements for the rest to be paid at a later date.
It is further alleged that District Constable Boothe later contacted one of the complainants and solicited another Thirty Five Thousand Dollars ($35,000.00) not to publicise the photos and video that were taken. Subsequently, the complainants visited the MOCA-West office where a report was made, an investigation conducted and the policemen arrested. Following an Identification Parade where they were identified, Wilson, Stewart and Boothe were charged by detectives from MOCA on Wednesday September 25, 2018 for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.
They will return to court on Thursday January 17, 2019.
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