After a 52-year-old male was charged Dec. 15 with raping a minor, the St. Vincent native was scheduled to appear in a closed sitting of the Magistrates’ Court, police stated in a Dec. 16 press release.

No further information was provided, and Detective John Antoine, head of the Family and Juvenile Unit, urged the public to respect the privacy of the alleged victim and their family.

“The circumstances surrounding this incident is so sensitive that the name of perpetrator and all parties involved in this incident are being withheld,” Mr. Antoine said in the press release. “We are asking that the individual names and circumstances surrounding …this incident be kept out of the public arena.”