Crime — 17 December 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

A policeman attached to the San Ignacio Police Formation has been remanded to prison on charges of aggravated assault of an indecent nature after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in the girl’s home in Benque. The incident occurred about 4:30 Saturday morning.

The child told police that she was in her bed sleeping when the policeman touched her private parts.

Police Constable Rupert Thomas was subsequently arrested and charged with the offense, and taken to the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where he was remanded until December 31, when he will be returned to court.

The child told police that she went to her sister’s house in Benque to spend the weekend on Saturday, December 7. According to the child’s report, at about 4:30 that Saturday morning, while in her bed with other relatives, she felt someone touching her private parts.

She then opened her eyes and saw the policeman touching her. She immediately pushed away his hands and ran out of the bed. Later she went home and reported the incident to her mother and to the police.

Police immediately detained PC Thomas, after which he was arrested and charged with the offense.

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