Transgender sex worker Otis Pearson, popularly known as ‘Otisha,’ was yesterday charged with sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy.
The particulars of the charge stated that on December 24th, 2017, at Station Street, Kitty, he caused the then 14-year-old boy to perform a sexual act, that is, the penetration of the anus of Pearson.
Pearson, who was read the charge by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly in open court and not at an in-camera hearing as is customary in sexual offence cases, was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge.
Attorney Ronald Burch Smith, who represented Pearson, requested that his client be granted reasonable bail.
As a result, Pearson was later granted $300,000 bail and he was ordered to report every Monday to the Alberttown Police Station and to also lodge his passport.
Pearson is expected to make his next court appearance on June 19th before the Chief Magistrate.
Pearson was arrested in March after the Childcare and Protection Agency launched an investigation following a public statement in which he claimed he had “a little boy for every day of the week.” Pearson subsequently retracted the comment, while stating that it was taken out of context. However, after the comment was made, a photograph with Pearson and a young man surfaced on social media, where it was widely circulated.
Based on the findings of the Agency, a report was submitted to the police.