FORMER T&T OLYMPIAN EXTRADITED ON SEXUAL ABUSE
Written by IrieJam Radio on February 28, 2017
A former T&T Olympian has been accused of and extradited on sexual abuse charges.
Last week, Ato Stephens was extradited from the U.S. – where he has citizenship, to the Cayman Islands to face 2 charges of indecent assault, 1 charge of gross indecency, and 1 charge of misuse of an Information and Communications Technology Authority network.
The incident is said to have occurred in 2015, during which time Stephens and his wife, Cayman Islands top sprinter Cydonie Mothersill, coached local track and field athletes.
37-year-old Stephens is accused of indecently touching a 14-year-old girl, and texting her asking for nude photos and sexual video chats.
The girl told police she feared being cut from the track team if she did not cooperate with her coach’s sexual advances.
Stephens was reported to police after the images of the girl were found on his phone, but left the country after before charges were filed.
Ato Stephens represented Trinidad & Tobago at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics in the 400m. In 2009 he tested positive for 3 banned sustenance Oxandrolone, and was banned from competition for 2 years. He has been remanded to custody at HMP Northward.