Committee backs call for law to protect teens

A call to change the law to protect 16 and 17-year-olds from predators has won backing from a group advocating on behalf of children.

The Inter-Agency Committee for Children and Families said Bermuda’s law on sexual exploitation should apply to anyone up to the age of 18 “to better protect all youth” from grooming.

It supports the call made last week by Christine DaCosta, 38, who was groomed by her teacher for sex when she was 17 and a student at Mount St Agnes Academy.