No report of sexual assaults by NOC staff members, Anthony says
-inmates flee facility, complain of abuse to parents
Minister of Youth, Dr Frank Anthony on Wednesday said there had been no report or any evidence that there had been sexual abuse by staff members of juveniles at the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) facility at Onderneeming after shocking allegations made by recent runaways.
At a press conference, the Minister was replying to allegations that runaways from the correctional facility had alleged sexual abuse by staffers. Parents have also come forward to report that they have been told of cases of physical and sexual abuse of their children, who are among inmates who recently fled from the facility before being recaptured.
Christopher Jones, a Member of Parliament (MP) for the main opposition APNU, who has received reports from some parents, has criticised the minister’s handling of the reports about abuse by both staff and older inmates at the facility, saying that he is fully aware of what is happening and is attempting to cover up the situation.