Cabinet approves Stephens deportation order

The Cabinet of the Cayman Islands has approved the deportation order for former Trinidad and Tobago Olympian and local track and field coach Ato Stephens, who was convicted last year for the abusing an information and communications technology network by having exchanges that were sexual in nature with the girl, who was 14 years-old at the time.

Cabinet is seeking deportation for 16 March or “as soon thereafter as can be arranged” by Immigration authorities. All that’s needed now is for the Governor’s Office to sign off.

Stephens, 38, has been on conditional release since November after being convicted on the “sexting” charge. He was found not guilty of indecent assault or gross indecency.

In February, the Premier’s Office had denied that it had decided against deportation and Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller called on them to expel him from the jurisdiction.

Stephens, a former quarter-mile specialist, has also threatened to take legal action against the Cayman Islands Athletic Association (CIAA) after he was banned by the sporting body.

As an athlete, Stephens represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics but never advanced beyond the heats. He also ran at the IAAF World Championships in 2001, 2005 and 2007. He won a bronze medal for his home country at the 2003 CAC Championships, and took the silver at the 2005 edition.

He was banned from competition for two years after failing a drugs test at an international competition in May 2009, testing positive for steroids and a testosterone-boosting drug. will continue tracking developments in this story.

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