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Jul 13, 2015

Dawson Remanded for Sex With Minor

Orlando Dawson Jr.

A construction worker from Bermudian Landing is tonight on remand for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse three times with a fourteen-year-old minor. Forty-year-old Orlando Dawson Junior appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith where he was arraigned for three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. Due to the nature of the offense, no plea was taken from Dawson, who was represented by Attorney Leeroy Banner, of Chebat and Company. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until October fifteenth, 2015 for a preliminary inquiry.  A disclosure date has been ordered for September fourteenth and the trial date is set for October thirtieth, 2015.

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11 Responses for “Dawson Remanded for Sex With Minor”

  1. beachman says:

    Why isn’t the charge being reported as ‘alleged rape’?

  2. Gillian Kirkwood says:

    I don’t think a CHILD of 14, is capable of having SEXUALITY INTERCOURSE, in the eyes of the law. Isn’t it time for media houses to start using the correct terminology, and call it what it truly was? This man RAPED this child! When you use the word “sexual intercourse” it implies “CONSENT”. No ADULT can have consensual sex with a MINOR. Please start using the correct terminology. Thankful this man has been caught. He should have, and most probably Did, KNOW BETTER. Poor CHILD.

  3. Natalie Arceo says:

    I would like to state how disappointed I am that the terminology used by your reporters portrays that a minor is allowed to consent to “sex”. Please be informed that a minor CANNOT by any means CONSENT to sex, as you know, and I am sure you do, lack of CONSENT means RAPE.

    Portraying that the minor WANTED it is only contributing to the RAPE CULTURE that we live in today. Please look up RAPE CULTURE and what feeds it.

    I ask that you re-word and report the news accurately. Minor RAPED – Not HAD SEX. Do not try to cover up the act of rape.

    Thank you – I look forward to your immediate correction of this matter.

  4. Rev. Mary Martin says:

    Please be advised that a fourteen-year-old minor does not “engage in sexual intercourse” with a forty-year-old man. The minor is sexually assaulted/raped! A minor’s involvement is never consensual, therefore; no engagement.

  5. Hector Silva III says:

    What is so hard about typing “statutory rape” in the title? “Dawson Remanded for Statutory Rape Charges”

  6. Dr Shaz says:

    Regarding your report on Dawnson who allegedly had “sexual intercourse” with a minor?! Where are your heads at? This needs to be corrected immediately to read “allegedly RAPED a minor!” The girl is 14 years old!!! Please be a leader in strong reporting as I have seen you do in the past and say it like it IS!!!!!! This is NOT something to take lightly. Media has a MASSIVE responsibility as many viewers take it to be TRUTH and will not question reports regardless of their blatant error in judgement. Imprudent reporting like this, perpetuates abusers behavior to believe that it is NOT rape and certainly deemphasizes inexcusable acts while giving false credence to the impressionable viewers/readers!! On behalf of the young victim of the alleged crime (and all others who have been offended by this or should be), I beseech a public apology from your station! THAT is your responsibility!

  7. david says:

    Please change your headline to reflect the gravity of the crime. If you are unsure consult a lawyer.

  8. O.J. Elrington says:

    It behooves me to express my utmost displeasure in the way this crime of Rape is consistently reported by your station. It is utterly disregards the rights of the minor victim and is an insult to any standard of professional journalism. The matter has been brought to your attention several times by the Hon . Senator Lisa Shoman without any result. I therefore join her, as many others have, in demanding that your company abide by the minimal rules of professional journalism and report it accurately for what it is is, the CRIME OF RAPE.

  9. Dawn Haywoode says:

    “Sex with a minor?” YOU MEANT ‘RAPE’ OF A MINOR. Every 2 sec I keep reading about these disgusting act on a child. When will the judicial system take these kind of crimes more serious and have these pigs rot in prison.

  10. Leo says:

    Come on….no be bubu like most belizeans. Fix the post and lets get on with out lives!

  11. Carla Hart says:

    Sex with a minor! What a sad example of an oximoron. A minor cannot consent to sex. It is rape or sexual assault and I join other Belizeans is expressing my disgust in the ‘watering down’ of this horrendous crime. Call it what it is! The outrage we justly feel cannot be understated and to call the crime anything other than rape or sexaul assault somehow seems to be protecting the criminal in a sense. I/We call on you to call them out for what they are. They are rapists.

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