Investigators in the St Catherine North Police Division have charged a 26-year-old man who allegedly impregnated a 12-year-old girl. The man was highly held as a family friend by relatives of the young girl.

The man, who has been in custody for two weeks, was charged on Tuesday. He is charged with having sexual intercourse with a person under 14 years old.

It was revealed that relatives of the victim observed her exhibiting strange behaviour. Initial checks revealed that the accused, who was a family friend, sexually molested the child.

An investigation was launched, resulting in the arrest of the accused.

Although the man has been charged, his name has been withheld due to the age of the victim. He is scheduled to answer to the sexual assault charge in the St Catherine Parish Court on Friday.