TRINIDAD GUARDIAN – The police search for child sex predator Franklyn Chea Callender ended yesterday when he was found hanging by his neck from a rope tied to a mango tree near Cemetery Street, Princes Town.
Police found, strapped to his stomach, a laptop which is believed to contain more pictures of him engaging in sexual activity with children.
Members of the Police Service Cyber Crimes Unit were said to be going through the computer “with a fine-tooth comb,” yesterday, to see if the five-year-old child of his former lover was his only victim or if there were pictures/videos of others.
Callender’s body was discovered by passers-by hanging from a four-foot length of rope suspended from a mango tree some 30 feet off of Cemetery Street, metres from a nearby burial site. Police were contacted and a party of officers led by ASP Rohan Pardasie, Cpl Nanan and others went to the scene. Police removed the body and District Medical Officer Francis viewed it and ordered it removed to the Forensic Science Centre for an autopsy next Wednesday.
Sources said his body was positively identified by the mother of the infant who shared an intimate relationship with him. She confirmed to police that he was the man seen having oral sex with her child in several video files on his cellular phone.
ASP Pardasie yesterday took the opportunity to warn mothers against leaving their children with strangers, especially males.
The stomach-churning events began on February 1 when the woman, a mother of three, was shown the pictures of her innocent child by her brother, who had accidentally discovered them when he went to silence Callender’s phone after the alarm went off.