Convicted track coach leaves Cayman

Ato Stephens, the former Trinidad and Tobago Olympian who transitioned to coaching track and field athletes, left the Cayman Islands on Sunday, 11 March, and is considered a prohibited immigrant in the British Overseas Territory.

Stephens, 38, was facing deportation following his conviction 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.

A brief statement from the Office of the Premier stated:

Ato Modibo Stephens left the Cayman Islands on Sunday 11 March, 2018, travelling to Miami in the United States. Mr. Stephens is now a prohibited immigrant to the Cayman Islands. Under Section 82(h) of the Immigration Law, a prohibited immigrant is “a person who, not having received a free pardon, has been convicted in any country of an offence for which a sentence of imprisonment of or exceeding 12 months has been passed otherwise than for non-payment of a fine”.

Last week, Cabinet approved a deportation order and sought deportation on 16 March or “as soon thereafter as can be arranged” by Immigration authorities.

Stephens was on conditional release since November after being convicted on the “sexting” charge. He was found not guilty of indecent assault or gross indecency. He is married 2010 Commonwealth Games 200m gold medallist Cydonie Mothersill.

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