Track coach in custody

Ato Stephens being escorted from court on 21 Feb. (Photo courtesy: Cayman 27)

Track and field coach Ato Stephens has been remanded to custody at HMP Northward after being charged with indecent assault, gross indecency, and misuse of an Information and Communications Technology Authority network.

Stephens, 37, appeared in Summary Court Tuesday, 21 February, 2017 after being extradited a day earlier from the United States, where he has citizenship. He is the husband of retired Caymanian sprint queen Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens, who won 200m gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. They have a three and a half year old daughter.

The charges against the former Trinidad and Tobago quarter-miler stem from allegations while he was a coach in the Cayman Islands. He allegedly assaulted a teenage girl but left island before charges were filed against him.

He represented Trinidad and Tobago at multiple Olympics and was banned for two years by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2009 for violation of anti-doping regulations.

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