By Deandrea Hamilton
#TurksandCaicos, May 18, 2022 – What he made little girls to do him sexually, willfully, repeatedly and boldly in the home he shared with his wife and the church where he preached from the Holy Bible is sickening. One is described as his god-daughter and both are described as best friends. He has sexual relationships with them alone and together and the ways he sexually assaulted these children belonging to families who trusted him is just mortifying to learn. They were only 11 and 14 years old.
Derek Miller has pled guilty to all of it.
It is nothing anyone expects from a Salvation Army captain, nothing anyone expects from the son of an assistant commissioner of police and school principal, but there is was laid bare in the court room and expressed in a revealing news article by the TCI Sun newspaper which detailed the sexual encounters and the slap on the wrist time he will spend in prison.
Judge Tanya Lobban-Jackson gave him nine years on the attempted rape charge for each of the victims. She also handed down 11 years on the rape charge, per victim which is an overall sentencing of 40 years.
The sentences will not run consecutively, but concurrently and includes the time he has already spent on remand for the crimes. Derek Miller will not even do a decade for his abuse and violation of the two girls.
The disgraced pastor is 48-years-old, originally from Guyana and pled guilty to the charges brought against him. Residents were stunned by his arrest about a year ago, May 2021, now are further floored by the details of the acts against the girls.
The matter came to the attention of police when one of the girls’ cell phone was confiscated by her school. That phone was turned over to her brother, who found the sexual messages between his sister and Miller. That is when the Safeguarding and Public Protection Unit of the Royal TCI Police took over from there.
In video interviews, the reports were secured from the girls and Miller’s fate was sealed.
Derek Miller was sentenced over video link; he remains in custody at the Department of Corrections or Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk.
PRESS STATEMENT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Ministry responsible for Education confirms that a recent report of alleged sexual abuse was brought to the attention of authorities at a particular school. For the protection of the child, we will not divulge details of this matter. We do acknowledge that there were issues experienced which resulted in less than appropriate response to the incident.
The Ministry is continuing its investigation of the incident, in its totality and has since requested a comprehensive report on the response from all involved. Several meetings, visits and discussions were held. The key is to ensure that the minor involved is afforded additional counselling and care and that other students within the institution are also afforded the relevant support needed. The Student Support Services has been active in coordinating this response which is currently in operation.
As an immediate further action, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) entities will convene and existing protocols will be reviewed and investigations conducted to determine the consistency of the response, exactly where the established protocols were not followed and the subsequent actions to be taken.
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services considers its responsibility for the Safeguarding of children of utmost importance. In so doing, the Ministry of Education has instituted a number of measures over the years to ensure that allegations of abuse to children in schools are treated with urgency. The creation of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was created to ensure that teachers, leaders, Social Workers, and Police can respond to allegations with the child’s safety and protection as the core consideration. Child safeguarding remains the Ministry’s primary concern.
RTCIPF Press Release: FIVE CAYS MURDER UPDATE
#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – An investigation has commenced into the shooting death of a male.
The murder occurred today (January 24th).
RTCIPF officers responded to the given location at Reece Street and found the lifeless body of a male, lying face down on the ground with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.
Based on initial information received, the victim resided at Sand Bar Street, Five Cays.
Officers are at this time gathering pertinent details to ascertain a motive behind the murder of the deceased.
The public is being advised to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information regarding this murder or any illegal activity anonymously.
Please note, that Crime Stoppers calls are answered in Miami and in Houston by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers which is a non-profit and not a police agency.
The calls are anonymous and cannot be traced in the United States or the TCI.
Drunk Driver charged says TCI Police
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – Turks and Caicos’ road fatalities remain at zero. But a serious traffic accident had residents concerned that an individual may have died. With those concerns voiced by residents, Police have confirmed to Magnetic Media that while an accident did occur last weekend near the Chicken Shack, no one died.
Press Officer Denyse Renne explained that in the case of that accident a 59 year old Grand Turk man was arrested for driving with alcohol consumption above the legal limit and that the Traffic Department is continuing investigations.
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