Features — 08 February 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett
Nolle prosequi made in case of Yannick Wade, 26

Wade is accused of carnal knowledge with a minor, 15, and impregnating her

Today, inside the courtroom of Justice John Troadio Gonzalez, newly appointed prosecutor for the DPP’s office, Leroy Banner, made a nolle prosequi motion in the case of Yannick Wade, 26, a Police Constable. Wade, in July of 2011, was charged with six counts of carnal knowledge after it was learned that he had engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor, 15.

According to the reports, Wade started a relationship with the minor when she was only 13, but it was not until the minor got pregnant by Wade, and the pregnancy became visible, that the report was made and he was charged.

The minor told police that she and Wade had been in a relationship since June of 2009 until March of 2011. She also told them that during that time, they engaged in sexual intercourse a total of 6 times, and that sometimes she would go to his home.

When Wade was arraigned, it was because the minor, who described Wade as her boyfriend to the police, had just given birth the day before.

A jury was empanelled for the trial yesterday, but this morning when they appeared in court, Banner asked that the matter be adjourned until the afternoon, giving him time to locate the two main witnesses – the minor and her mother.

Banner explained to the court that he believes that the witnesses are purposely hiding from the police, and they were unable to locate and serve them with their summons.

When Wade appeared this afternoon with his lawyer, Arthur Saldivar, Banner made the nolle prosequi and Justice Gonzalez upheld it. However, it was explained to Wade that since the matter ended in a nolle prosequi, the charges could still be brought back against him.

After being given the information, Wade bolted like a deer out of the courtroom and down the back stairs of the Supreme Court, apparently desperate to avoid any more attention than he had already gotten.

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