Cayman gov’t labels former coach as ‘undesirable’

(Photo courtesy: Cayman 27)

The Cayman Islands government has formally declared ex-track coach Ato Stephens as an “undesirable inhabitant” in the territory.

Acting Governor Franz Manderson signed the exclusion order on 4 September 2018, nearly six months after Stephens left the islands prior to deportation.

It states: “In exercise of the powers conferred upon me by section 82 (h) of the Immigration Law, (2015 Revision), I hereby order that YOU, ATO MODIBO STEPHENS (D.O.B.: 19.06.1979) are hereby deemed to be an undesirable inhabitant, or visitor, to the Cayman Islands and are to remain out of the Cayman Islands so long as this order is in force.”

The 39-year-old was convicted last year for 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. However, he was found not guilty of indecent assault or gross indecency. He was banned by the Cayman Islands Athletic Association following his conviction.

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.

Stephens is married to Cydonie Mothersill, who won 200m gold for the Cayman Islands at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

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