A Lance Corporal with the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment was released on TT$80,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) bail when he appeared in court yesterday, having been charged with s*xually assaulting two minors ages eight and 14.

The offences reportedly took place almost three years ago.

Lance Corporal Curt Collins appeared before Magistrate Adia Mohammed in a Port of Spain court, however, he was not called upon to plead to the charges.

As with all cases of s*xual offences, Mohammed cleared the courtroom of members of the public including media personnel before the soldier’s appearance.

Only police officers, his relatives, his attorney Brent Winter and a uniformed member of the Regiment’s Military Police were allowed in court for the hearing.

The soldier is accused of three charges of indecently assaulting the children in 2014.

Collins was arrested on Thursday at the end of an investigation which began after the children told their parents of the attacks and they were reported to police.

He was remanded to reappear in court on September 22.

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