Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New Arrest Not Directly Related to Haut de la Garrene

A 68-year-old man has been detained by police, as the investigation into abuse in Jersey continues. Police stressed that the detention is not directly related to the Haut de la Garenne facility, but is part of the over-all investigation.

According to a police spokesperson, the man is "assisting" police who are investigating a number of alleged rapes and assaults.

The man has not been formally charged with any crime and police are not releasing the man’s name or other details at this time.

CNN reports that spokeswoman Louise Nibbs said: "We can now also confirm that the alleged offenses in question took place in the 1960s and 1970s," she said. "We are not able to say at this time where the offenses took place."

76-year-old Gordon Wateridge was arrested in January and charged with three counts of indecent assault that occurred during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Wateridge has not entered a plea yet and is due back in court in May.

Additional arrests are expected to be made shortly.