Ex-BHS teacher to face trial on sexual activity with child charge

Former Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson, who is charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child, was today committed to stand trial.

Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman committed Jackson after finding that there was sufficient evidence from paper committal proceedings to have him stand trial at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes.

The proceedings were held in camera.

The charge against Jackson states that between December, 2010 and May, 2011, he engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

Jackson, who was granted his release on $300,000 bail, will remain out on bail until the matter is called before the High Court.

Jackson has been accused of preying on his students and grooming them in preparation for sexual relationships.

Last November, an official complaint was made to the Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson by ministerial advisor Ruel Johnson against the teacher. On November 24th, 2017, the matter was handed over to the police after the Ministry of Education concluded its investigation.