A man has been charged for the rape of his 8 year old stepdaughter. He is a 32-year-old Guatemalan national who has residency in Belize. Late this evening, the step-father of the child appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith where he was read three indictable offenses. Those are two counts of carnal knowledge of his 8 year old stepdaughter and one count of aggravated assault of an indecent nature upon child. In court, no plea was taken from the step-father. The court prosecutor asked the court not to take any plea for the aggravated assault of an indecent nature since they are not certain at this time whether or not that charge will be dealt with summarily or on indictment. In a police report, the 8-year-old child in the presence of her aunt told police that on the ninth of March, 2013, she began to complain to her aunt about having lower abdominal and vaginal pain. As a result of that, her aunt questioned her and that’s when she told her that it was her step-father that had sexual intercourse with her on two separate occasions. As a result, the mother and stepfather were both detained. The mother remains in police custody pending charge of abetment to carnal knowledge. That’s because, according to the reports made by the child, her mother gave her sleeping pills during the sexual encounter with her step-father. Due to the nature of the offenses, bail was denied and the step-father and he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until May 3, 2013. The stepfather will be celebrating his 33rd birthday behind bars since he turns 33 on March 28 of this month.