Deputy chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel Lennox Gayle has been arrested following a raid at a massage parlour he allegedly owns.
Jamaican police confirmed that Gayle been charged with alleged violations of a local sex offences act.
Investigators allege that over the past two years, the attorney has been employing women from different parts of the island to work as prostitutes under the guise of being masseuses, the Jamaica Observer reported.
Investigators with the Jamaican Police’s Organised Crimes Investigation Division (OCID) allege the 45-year-old attorney operates a massage parlour in Montego Bay where prostitution took place.
Seven women have been arrested on prostitution charges following a raid last weekend at the business.
Senior Superintendent Clifford Chambers, head of the OCID, reportedly said the arrest is part of a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution by his unit.
Gayle has been granted bail and is due to appear in court on May 5.
He was the lead panelist of the commission, appointed by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), that recently delivered controversial 18 month doping suspensions former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell and Athens 2004 Olympic gold medallist Sherone Simpson.
Both Powell and Simpson have revealed they plan to appeal against their suspensions handed down by Gayle’s Panel after they each tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrone they claimed was given to them by a newly-hired trainer.
When passing down the verdict on Powell, Lennox had judged he “was found to be negligent, and he was at fault”.
Kent Pantry, chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, has claimed that Gayle’s arrest will have no impact on the sentences given to Powell and Simpson.
“The judgment is the panel’s judgement,” he said.
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