Buggerer gets four years

Barbara Gayle,

A 48-year-old man who admitted having 11 previous convictions for sexually molesting young boys has been jailed for four years for indecent assault on a young boy.
Norman Hoffman, security guard, of Maxfield Avenue, Kingston 11, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court last month. Sentencing was put off until yesterday
Hoffman admitted 11 previous convictions for offences of buggery and gross indecency committed on young boys. He is the father of five children 19 to 29 years.
Summer camp
The court was told that Hoffman went to a church in the Corporate Area and said he was a Christian. He was subsequently appointed youth director. He took some boys to a summer camp last year and reports were made to the police that he sexually assaulted one of the boys.
Attorney-at-law Melrose Reid made an impassioned plea for leniency for Hoffman. She said Hoffman was very sorry for what had happened and was willing to get counselling.
Miss Justice Kay Beckford put off sentencing until yesterday to allow Hoffman to get counselling while in custody.
The judge in sentencing Hoffman said she had to send him to prison because he was a habitual sex offender.
Well what do you all think about this story??
“Leave People Boi pickney alone”
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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

One thought on “Buggerer gets four years”

  1. WHEN IS JFLAG GOING TO CONDEMN SEXUAL PREDATORY BEHAVIOUR AMONG MEN AGAINST CHILDREN??I have been watching and listening, and I find it increasingly disturbing that JFLAG has NOTHING to say about the sexual assault of boy children by adult men. If the cases are as presented via the media accounts, none of these men can be defended under the notion that they were being unfairly targeted by the sodomy laws. ALL of them are guilty of being sexual predators. There is a significant problem of men committing all kinds of sexual crimes against children. THIS IS NOT IN THE REALM OF ACCEPTABLE OR DEFENSIBLE SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR JUST BECAUSE THE OTHER PERSON IS A BOY!To date, JFLAG has not come up with a useful analysis or response to the way that the public conflates pedophilia with consensual homosexual sex. In the public mind, there is no difference. And in the minds of many homosexual men, this is an issue of individual morality, not a social issue that is regulated by the society.When JFLAG itself then puts these news items out to the LGBT community to say “see, they are persecuting us again!”, you are asking us as members of this community to ALSO link pedophilia and homosexuality, and to see it as ok that these men are having sexual relations with boys. If this organization cannot see the difference, how the hell do you expect the public to do so? This is the prime basis on which public sentiment about homosexual men is being built, and yet you have nothing to say? This is one place where JFLAG and even JAS continues to lose credibility and fails to do the necessary work to lift up this community. Even allies who want to be more involved choose to be silent and stay away rather than bring up this issue. JFLAG needs to condemn the rampant sexual assaults against our children – GIRLS AND BOYS – and do some public education with your gay male population that makes the distinction between consensual and nonconsensual sex. It is NOT ok to take the sexual exploitation of boys – whether they present as sex workers or somebody decides they are going to “take care” of them – as a joke and community gossip and to further condone this behaviour by saying nothing to the people you KNOW are participating in this. It is high time that the LGBT community in Jamaica demanded that JFLAG stand up for what is right, not simply what is convenient. Enough already!!!

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