Oct 01, 2015 News
…state may introduce attempted rape
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is expected to advise the police soon on whether to criminally charge an Assistant Superintendent of Police who allegedly attempted to rape a female junior rank under his command.
Kaieteur News understands that the police Office of Professional Responsibility completed its investigations last week and prepared a report which recommended that the officer be charged criminally.
This newspaper was told that the file on the matter was dispatched to the DPP as soon as it was completed. The advice should not be too long in coming.
It is alleged that earlier this month, the officer who was in charge of the Lethem Police Station tried to forcibly have sex with the female Constable.
The matter was reported and the officer was immediately transferred from the location.
According to reports the female Constable, who was recently posted to Lethem, was on duty when she was summoned by the Officer to his private quarters.
Not wanting to disobey the order, the young Constable went over to see what the officer wanted.
According to a source at Lethem, the Officer began making verbal sexual advances to the rank after which he reportedly held unto her and tried to kiss her.
“He asked her if she ever had sex since she came up to Lethem and when she said no, he held unto her and tried to fight her to have sex,” the source told this newspaper, adding that the female Constable managed to ward off the officer’s advances.
What the officer did not know was that the Constable has a well known uncle, also an Assistant Superintendent of Police, and who is stationed at the headquarters of the Tactical Services Unit, Eve Leary.
When the Constable contacted her uncle shortly after the incident, he became incensed and immediately contacted high ranking officials of the Force, who ordered the immediate transfer of the officer while, commissioning an investigation into the matter.
The Constable was subsequently transported to the city where she was interviewed.
The incident is a reminder of the much talked about culture within the Guyana Police Force where sexual harassment of female junior ranks appears to be the norm.
“It happens a lot in the Training School. It used to be for promotion, now it’s being done by force,” one officer admitted.
If charged, the Assistant Superintendent, who is currently acting as the second in command of the police ‘F’ (Interior) Division, could face dismissal. Of course, that will be subjected to the request made to the Police Service Commission.
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