Local December 30, 2011 | 5:33 am

Council member faces sex abuse charge

SantoDomingo.- A judge has sent a PRD council member from the Municipal District ofHato del Yaque, Marino Brito, to three months protective custody while he isinvestigated for allegedly sexually abusing a 16-year old girl.

JudgeMartha Martínez heeded the prosecution’s recommendation to keep him in prison.Brito’s judges are considering an appeal, saying that this was a plot aimed atharming the PRD activist’s image.

The politician was arrested after the teenager’s mother made a complaintagainst him for allegedly abusing the minor. Brito denied having sexuallyabused the 16-year old, whose name was withheld for legal reasons. The minorand her mother told the authorities that Brito had been threatening the teenager.